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
(no new members in 2020, due to COVID-19)
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:
- 2019: Andrew Eshleman (University of Portland)
- 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 2020 Oracle Awards is now closed.
The Oracle Apex Award
(2020 winner: Katie Zakrzewski)
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 Clarence Guy Award
(2020 winner: Trinity Caver)
Awarded to the best paper in an introductory course.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Norton (firstname.lastname@example.org)