Student Honors

Honor Society

Pi Alpha Alpha

UIS hclip_image001as established a chapter of the national public administration honor society—Pi Alpha Alpha. Membership initiation dues are $50.00, which includes a membership certificate and pin. Members can wear honor society awards at graduation. Interested? Read to see if you have what it takes to be a member!

Membership Criteria

Membership in PAA is limited to persons who demonstrate academic achievement in public affairs and administration program in NASPAA member schools and/or outstanding public service, and who fall within the following classes: student, alumni, faculty and honorary. All memberships are national memberships with a local chapter affiliation. All categories of membership enjoy the same rights and privileges.

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Spring 2015
Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Spring 2015

The categories of membership are:

Masters Degree Student Memberships – Students may be inducted from among the master’s degree students in the department, institute, or school wherever the Pi Alpha Alpha chapter membership is based provided:

1. They have maintained a GPA of at least 3.7. A chapter may set higher GPA requirements if it chooses.

2. Master degree students must have completed at least fifty percent (50%) of the required course work at the time of application. A chapter may set a higher percent of completion if it chooses.

Doctoral Students – Doctoral students who meet the requirements for Pi Alpha Alpha masters degree student membership or who have completed all the requirements for the MPA or its equivalent, may be inducted without restriction as to number.

  • Eligible students should submit honor society membership applications and checks when requested by the department (usually mid-spring).  If you meet enrollment qualifications and would like to join, the membership application is here.
  • The chapter constitution is available upon request.
  • More information is available at the national organization’s website.
  • See the national PAA Facebook page.


Student Marshals


Each year the department selects a student who has high academic achievement and represents the spirit of the department to represent us at commencement. Recent selectees include:

Alison Storm, MPA, Class of 2018

Terri Miller, MPA, Class of 2017

Jasmine Jetton-Gonzales, MPA, Class of 2016

Sarah Mackey, DPA, Class of 2016

Manuel Talavera, MPA, Class of 2015

Mike Woods, DPA, Class of 2015

Lauren Gibson, MPA, Class of 2014

Betsy Goulet, DPA, Class of 2014

Amy Uden, MPA, Class of 2013

Matthew Montgomery, DPA, Class of 2013

Anupama Surendran, MPA, Class of 2012

Nancy Leann Huyck, DPA, Class of 2012

Judy Guenseth, MPA, Class of 2011

Barbara Ferrara, DPA, Class of 2011

Nick Conklin, MPA, Class of 2010

John Phillips, DPA, Class of 2010

Katie Miller, MPA, Class of 2009

Tosha Cantrell-Bruce, DPA, Class of 2009