Pi Sigma Alpha

Other Awards and Events Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha

Franklin L. Burdette / Pi Sigma Alpha Award

Named after Pi Sigma Alpha President (1956-1958), Franklin L. Burdette, and the society's first Executive Director (1960-1975), the Burdette Award is presented annually to honor the best paper presented at the previous year's APSA Annual Meeting and comes with a $750 cash prize.

MPSA Paper Awards and Travel Scholarships

Pi Sigma Alpha has partnered with MPSA to fund the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award, the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Undergraduate Paper presented in a Poster Format Award, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student Travel Scholarship. All awards and scholarships are presented at the MPSA Annual Meeting.

NCAPSA/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Undergraduate Mentoring

The Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Undergraduate Mentoring, which comes with a $250 cash prize, recognizes outstanding faculty members who have made a meaningful contribution to their students, their institution, or their profession through their work to mentor undergraduate students. It is awarded annually in the fall.

NCOBPS Student Awards

Pi Sigma Alpha provides funds to support the Lena Harris Stromile Student Leadership Award and the Sammy Younge Best Student Paper Award. The Stromile Award honors the contributions of the Stromile family to NCOBPS and their life-long involvement in developing student leaders. The Award is given at the NCOBPS Annual Meeting to an undergraduate or graduate student who is a NBOBPS member and has a demonstrative involvement in community service, social justice, mentor programs, or related activities. The Younge Award is named in honor of Sammy Younge (1945-1966), who was an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Active in the Tuskegee Institute Advancement League and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Younge was killed by white terrorists, as he attempted to use the "For-whites-only" restroom at a local Tuskegee service station. The best paper by a student is selected from papers or posted presented at the NCOBPS Annual Meeting.

NEPSA Student Paper Awards

Pi Sigma Alpha supports two NEPSA student paper awards. The Robert C. Wood Prize for Best Paper by a Graduate Student and the Wilson Carey McWilliams Prize for Best Paper by an Undergraduate. Both awards are for papers presented at the NEPSA Annual Meeting.

Malcolm Jewell Award for Best Student Paper

The Jewell Award, funded by Pi Sigma Alpha, is given to the author(s) of the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the SPSA.

Pi Sigma Alpha Best Undergraduate Paper Award

Pi Sigma Alpha has partnered with the Southwestern Political Science Association, an affiliate of the Southwestern Social Science Association, to fund an award for the best paper written by an undergraduate during the calendar year and invited to present at the next year's SWPSA meeting.

Student Poster Sessions and Receptions

Pi Sigma Alpha provides funding to support the Undergraduate Poster Session and Graduate Student Reception held every year at the WPSA Annual Meeting.