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Published on March 02, 2023

ECSU and the Political Science National Honors Society

Dr. Martin Mendoza-Botelho (third from right) at the Pi Sigma Alpha Conference in Washington,D.C.

Dr. Martin Mendoza-Botelho (third from right) at the Political Science National Honors Society in Washington, D.C.


Over President's day weekend, Dr. Mendoza-Botelho traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National Pi Sigma Alpha Conference. Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) is the National Honor Society in Political Science. It is the only honor society for political and social sciences in the United States. Currently at ECSU, we have a very active chapter of PSA consisting of a wide variety of accomplishing students led by Briana Paramhance (current president of Eastern's chapter). Last semester, the PSA led many on-campus events including a voter registration drive that was successful in registering over 50 students. In the past, Eastern's chapter has received grants to host political debates and bring in guess speakers to speak on the importance of civic engagement. The honors society is "great for anyone who wants to strengthen their research skills and make meaningful connections that will benefit you post grad. The purpose of the society is to promote and recognize high academic achievement. PSA offers many grants and scholarships to students who want to further their education in grad school," said Briana Paramhance. 

Dr. Mendoza served as a volunteer faculty chair where he guided the panel and kept everyone on time. The conference consisted of in-person panels and activities at The George Washington University. The conference sought to promote undergraduate student research, equip undergraduate students with the tools they need to be successful in their future careers, and bring together students interested in Political Science from all over the country to connect and engage with one another. This event provided a highly interactive forum for students to share their research, participate in professional development activities, network with their student peers and Pi Sigma Alpha alumni who are currently working in a range of settings.   


Written by Marcel Vicente