Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) is the International Studies Honor Society. The Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, officially established at Seattle University on February 15, 2008, as the 82nd chapter of the Honor Society for International Studies and the first SIR chapter in the Pacific Northwest.
The purpose of Sigma Iota Rho shall be to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs. Membership in Sigma Iota Rho is intended not only to enhance the credentials of its members, though public recognition of the best and the brightest students in international studies is one of our main purposes, but is meant to encourage a life-long devotion to a better understanding of the world we live in and to continuing support for and engagement in education, service, and occupational activities that reflect the mission of Sigma Iota Rho. In that way we do not limit ourselves to once-a-year pats on the back during the induction of new members, but internalize the belief that our purpose for studying international affairs is not only to position ourselves to succeed in a globalized society, but to make the world we live in a better place through our contributions in our work and day-to-day life.
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:
If you are interested in and eligible for SIR membership, please fill out the SIR Gamma Kappa Membership Application Form, and return the signed form, along with an unofficial copy of your transcript, to Dr. Robert Andolina, Casey 311.
After your application is approved, a one-time membership fee of $45.00 will be required by the National Headquarters to officially induct your SIR membership (further instruction will be included in the application approval letter). Eligible seniors will need to submit the application and the one-time membership due by April 30 for the official induction (including the honor cord and pin for the commencement ceremony in June).