University of Southern Indiana

Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha is a highly selective honor society for social work graduate and undergraduate students with over 225 chapters in the United States.

The University of Southern Indiana's Mu Delta chapter welcomes social work students who meet membership requirements.

Purpose and History

The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

The Mu Delta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Workers was established at the University of Southern Indiana March 1, 2004, by Dr. Kathy Elpers and Dr. Thomas Bordelon. The national honor society was formalized with the adoption of a constitution in 1962.

Membership Information

To become a member of Phi Alpha, undergraduate students must:

  • Must be a junior or senior already admitted into the BSW program and completed a minimum of 9 hours in Social Work at USI.
  • Must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.50 (excluding transfer hours)
  • Must have a GPA of 3.75 in completed 300 and 400 level social work courses.
  • Membership application and fee of $50 (must be check or money order made out to Phi Alpha and is non-refundable.)
  • Attendance at the initiation ceremony, March 23rd 2017 at 4:00,  EDUC 1101, is required for membership.

Graduate students must:

  • Must be a student enrolled in the MSW program.
  • Must have earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.875
  • Must have completed at least 12 hours of social work classes.
  • Membership application and fee of $50 (must be check or money order made out to Phi Alpha and is non-refundable.)
  • Attendance at the initiation ceremony, March 23rd 2017 at 4:00,  EDUC 1101, is required for membership.

Application Instructions

New member applications are accepted each spring.

Membership dues for Phi Alpha Honor Society are $50, to be submitted by check with the membership application. The fee includes life membership, certificate and medallion. If the fee prohibits you from applying for membership, contact the faculty sponsors to discuss your situation. 

Applications should be submitted in person to the Social Work Department in ED 0129 or by mail to:

University of Southern Indiana
Social Work Department - Phi Alpha
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

Applicants will receive an e-mail or letter of acceptance or denial in early March, and your check will be either cashed or returned to you at that time. If accepted, you will receive information by email or mail about the spring initiation ceremony.

Due date for submission of application is 2/10/17

Induction ceremony 3/23/17 at 4:00pm, room EDUC 1101

 

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