UTEP Political Science Group Earns National Honor – Again
Kudos to The University of Texas at El Paso’s Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society for being recognized as one of the best chapters in the nation for the third straight year. The chapter earned the same award in four of the past five years and six times since 2007.
The honor goes to a select few of the 800 chapters across the country that exhibit high levels of energy and creativity in serving their departments, their universities and their communities. UTEP’s chapter was one of four selected from institutions with populations of 15,000 to 25,000 students.
The recognition was based on the UTEP chapter’s annual report that included many of its activities on and off campus that involved students and the community such as a mayoral debate, participation in the women’s march in the nation’s capital, Project MOVE (UTEP’s annual day of community service), and the organization of the annual Student Paper Competition and Conference on Politics and Policy, which involves grant writing.
“The competition in that category was particularly strong this year,” said Sean Twombly, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based honor society, in a congratulatory email. “Your chapter is a model for all others.”
Taeko Hiroi, Ph.D., professor of political science and Epsilon Epsilon faculty adviser, said she was proud of the student members for the work they do to earn the award, which also serves as motivation for current and future chapter members to maintain that level of success.
“The best chapter awards we earned over the last few years are a recognition at the national level of our students’ consistent excellence,” said Hiroi, the chapter adviser since 2008. “They carry a strong meaning for the students and their families.”