The National Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. Formed in 1920, it is one of the oldest and most distinguished of national honor societies, with nearly 700 chapters in colleges and universities across the nation, and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS).
The faculty advisor is Professor Jacob Neiheisel
UB's Rho Tau Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha recognizes student achievement in political science scholarship. Membership in the chapter is based on four requirements. The applicant must:
Once accepted, members receive a membership certificate, a Pi Sigma Alpha pin, the right to participate in local chapter activities and governance, and the right to wear a Pi Sigma Alpha honor cord and/or medallion to the graduation ceremonies.
At the initiative of the chapter’s officers, the Rho Tau Chapter normally sponsors several events throughout the academic year. The Spring Initiation Ceremony and Research Presentation is an annual event. Several distinguished political scientists have made research presentations at these ceremonies. Past distinguished scholars include: