Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
The UALR Arkansas Beta Chapter’s Mission is Five-Fold:
- to recognize and award distinction to students who display great interest and achieve scholarship in philosophy
- to promote student interest in research and advanced study in philosophy
- to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit
- to encourage and facilitate the professional spirit and friendship between exceptional students of philosophy
- to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public
General Membership Requirements
Undergraduate students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are eligible for active membership in Phi Sigma Tau if they meet the following criteria:
- Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of college coursework
- Completion of two 3-hour courses in philosophy with an average GPA greater than 3.0 in those courses
- Overall GPA greater than 3.0
Students wishing to be members of Phi Sigma Tau must fill out a directory card and pay a one-time initiation fee (currently $25) to the national office. Submit your directory card and check to the Faculty Advisor, Dr. Michael Norton.
Phi Sigma Tau, Arkansas Beta Chapter
Ceremony & Reception
Each Spring, the Arkansas Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau welcomes its new members at an induction ceremony and reception with a special invited speaker. Winners of awards given by the Philosophy Department and by Phi Sigma Tau are also recognized at this event.
Past speakers at the annual Phi Sigma Tau reception:
- 2018: Adriel Trott (Wabash College)
- 2017: Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
- 2016: Sarah Clark Miller (Pennsylvania State University)
- 2015: Tom Digby (Springfield College)
- 2014: Eduardo Mendieta (Stony Brook University)
- 2013: Sybol Cook Anderson (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)
- 2012: Bill Lawson (University of Memphis)
The Oracle Awards recognize exceptional philosophical papers written for your philosophy courses. The submission period for 2018 Oracle Awards is now closed. Winners will be announced at the annual Phi Sigma Tau Induction Ceremony on April 13.
The Oracle Apex Award
(2018 winner: Ra’phael Davis)
The highest honor, which may be awarded to any student who has taken any course in which she wrote a truly exceptional philosophy paper, a paper considered to have excellent potential to be turned into a conference paper or publication.
The Oracle Award for Exceptional Philosophical Argumentation
(2018 winner: Erin Beeman)
Any student taking any course is eligible for this award, which rewards exceptional philosophy writing.
The Oracle Upstart Award
(2018 winner: Katherine Roberts)
Awarded to a student taking a lower-level class who has produced the most exceptional paper, with preference given to freshmen and sophomore students.
The Clarence Guy Award
(2018 winner: Angel McVay)
Awarded to the best paper in an introductory course.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Norton (firstname.lastname@example.org)