Honors Society

ΣΙΡ—Sigma Iota Rho 

Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) is the International Studies Honor Society.  The Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, officially established at Seattle University in 2008, is the 82nd chapter of the Honor Society for International Studies. It is the first SIR chapter in the Pacific Northwest. 

Sigma Iota Rho promotes and rewards scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies and fosters integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs. Membership in Sigma Iota Rho is intended to enhance the credentials of its members though public recognition of the best and the brightest students in international studies and to encourage a life-long devotion to a better understanding of the world we live in. Members believe that the purpose for studying international affairs is to make the world they live in a better place through their scholarship and their service to their communities. 

For more information, please visit SIR website

Benefits of SIR Membership:

  • Graduation regalia: honor cord or stole and pin
  • Certificate attesting membership status
  • Opportunity to attend conferences at the United Nations, World Bank and more
  • Opportunity to receive research and travel grant funding
  • Copy of the latest issue of the nationally distributed Journal of International Relations
  • Opportunity to be published in the nationally distributed and completely student run Journal of International Relations Free subscription to the Internationalist magazine
  • Access to professional networks
  • Along with the tangible list of benefits surely come such things as life-long relationships, personal growth, development and realization of the leadership potential, opportunities to deepen one's understanding of international affairs, and have fun!

Eligibility of SIR Membership:

SIR welcomes new members on a continuous basis. Undergraduate members are the driving force behind the success of the chapter. It is their energy and commitments that help fulfill the mission of Sigma Iota Rho. In order to qualify for undergraduate membership, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have completed course work in international studies including courses in relevant subject areas of anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, political science, and other related disciplines;
  2. Have attained a junior standing and completed at least 21 hours of course work toward the International Studies major or minor, including at least two courses at the 300 or 400 level;
  3. Have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher in all courses, and a GPA of at least 3.4 in International Studies courses.

How to Apply for SIR Membership:

If you are eligible for SIR membership, please fill out the SIR Gamma Kappa Membership Application Form, and return the signed form (a digital signature is acceptable) along with an unofficial copy of your transcript, via email or in hardcopy to Dr. Nova Robinson, Casey 310-03.

If you would like to serve in a leadership role — President, Secretary, Treasurer — please indicate your preferred position when you apply for membership. If there is competition for a leadership position, an election will be held. The SIR advisor reserves the right to nominate students for leadership positions. 

After your application is approved, a one-time membership fee of $45.00 is required by the National Headquarters for official induction into SIR. To be included in the induction ceremony, in which graduation cords and membership certificates are distributed, eligible students need to submit the application and the one-time membership dues via Venmo or Zelle by April 15. Contact Dr. Robinson for Venmo or Zelle account information. The induction ceremony is held each June during the International Studies Senior Celebration. 

If you are interested in becoming a member or serving a leadership role, or if you have any question regarding SIR, please contact Dr. Nova Robinson.


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