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International Honor Society in History

At TAMU you can join Phi Alpha Theta, the international History honors society. Phi Alpha Theta seeks to “promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.” Established in 1921 at the University of Arkansas, Phi Alpha Theta now has more than 700 chapters in 50 states. Sigma Rho is the accredited local chapter at Texas A&M University.

Phi Alpha Theta offers members a variety of benefits. At the biennial convention, undergraduate and graduate members exchange ideas and present papers. Members are invited to submit papers to The Historian, a respected historical quarterly journal. Phi Alpha Theta also produces The Newsletter, which keeps members up-to-date on Phi Alpha Theta and diverse opportunities.

Phi Alpha Theta offers six annual paper prizes. Undergraduates are eligible for the Lynn W. Turner Award, the Founders’ Awards, and numerous graduate scholarships. To join, contact TAMU advisor Dr. Verity McInnis, 111B Glasscock Bldg, (979) 845-7151, or write Applications may be obtained by following this link, PAT membership application.

History Club

TAMU’s History Club meets once a month to discuss historical topics and socialize informally. Membership is open to all. Come hang out!

Contact: Dr. Hoi-eun Kim,

Undergraduate Research Paper Competition

The Department sponsors an annual competition for the best paper written for a history course in the previous calendar year (papers submitted for the Undergraduate Research Fellow Program are not eligible for this award).Winners receive a modest cash prize and certificate. Students need not be history majors or currently enrolled to be considered for the prize.

For information please contact: Dr. Hoi-eun Kim,

To apply for the prize, send an electronic version of your paper and information on the course and term for which it was written to Dr. Hoi-eun Kim. The annual deadline is March 1st.

Undergraduate Scholarly Activities Grant

The Department of History offers Undergraduate Scholarly Activities Grants. Ranging from $250-$500, these competitive grants support students pursuing scholarly activities in history, including but not limited to off-campus research and presentations at scholarly conferences. Recipients must submit a one-page report within a month of using the funds. The Department of History Undergraduate Committee accepts and reviews applications (click here) on an ongoing basis. For more information, please contact Dr. Hoi-eun Kim.

Department of History Study Abroad Grant

Each semester, the Department of History offers a limited number of Study Abroad Grants ($750 for trips lasting up to 5-weeks; $1,000 for 10-week trips; $1,250 for semester or longer experiences). These competitive grants support undergraduate history majors and minors undertaking study abroad experiences and other students who enroll in study abroad programs led by history department faculty members. Recipients are required to submit a one-page report detailing use of the grant money and give a short presentation on their experience to other history majors afterwards. To apply, submit: 1) a completed application (click here), and; 2) a letter of recommendation from a history faculty member supporting their application. Please send materials electronically to Dr. Dr. Hoi-eun Kim ( The Department of History reviews applications in October for trips the following spring semester, in February for summer trips, and in March for trips during fall semester.

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