Founded in 2012, the Alpha Iota Sigma honor society already includes representatives from over a dozen institutions. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding scholarly achievements, community engagement, and leadership in solving complex problems.
As a member of the International Interdisciplinary Honor Society, Alpha Iota Sigma chapters:
- apply to and are approved by the National Council
- are institutional members of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
- meet the criteria of the currently approved bylaws of Alpha Iota Sigma
Alpha Iota Sigma chapters receive:
- institutional recognition by the International Interdisciplinary Honor Society
- a vote in the National Council
- logistical support for managing membership and leadership issues
- international commencement recognition for qualifying student members
- guidelines for induction ceremonies and pledge
As a member of Alpha Iota Sigma, student members:
- are enrolled in an Alpha Iota Sigma Member college or university
- are majoring in an interdisciplinary program as noted in the chapter requirements
- hold a GPA of 3.3 or higher depending on the local chapter requirements
- present to the National Council two letters of recommendation with at least once from a faculty member teaching in the interdisciplinary studies curriculum
- may have additional requirements based on the local chapter requirements
Alpha Iota Sigma student members receive:
- A great honor and resume builder
- Affiliation with international organization of interdisciplinary scholars and students
- Opportunities to get involved with your college or university
- Opportunities to get involved with the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
- Opportunities to submit student research proposals for consideration in the annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference
- Opportunities to connect with other interdisciplinary scholars and students
- A certificate recognizing their membership of the honor society
Forming a New Chapter
- Fill out the online membership application for chapter induction and annual membership.
- Pay your Chapter Installation Fee ($100). Pay your installation or annual membership charges by check or online. Mail payments to: Texas Tech University ATTN: Dr. Marcus Tanner, 2515 15th, Drane Hall Room 164, Lubbock, TX 79409 (make checks payable to Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society). To pay by credit card through paypal, choose whether you are paying the one time Chapter Installation Fee ($100) or the Annual Chapter dues ($50), then click on the "Pay Now" button to complete your payment.
Installation Fee - $100
Renewal Fee - $50
- An Honor Society representative will contact you via email with some important “next steps” and helpful information.
- Start working on getting your chapter organized and let us know if you have any questions.
- Collect student applications and fees ($20 per year).
- Send us a copy of your student applications and one check for all student fees (we can also invoice you through paypal).
- Have an induction ceremony and send pictures from your event to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Policies and Procedures
Interdisciplinary Studies International Honor Society Constitution and Bylaws
Constitution and Bylaws of Alpha Iota Sigma
The International Interdisciplinary Studies Honor Society
The founders of Alpha Iota Sigma in 2012 included representatives from
the following institutions: Michigan State University, Oakland
University, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Holy Cross,
SUNY Potsdam, Baylor University, University of Texas Arlington and
Franklin University. That same year, the Board of Directors of the
Association for Interdisciplinary Studies confirmed the establishment of
Alpha Iota Sigma as the first national honor society for superior
students of interdisciplinary studies.
The mission of Alpha Iota Sigma is to recognize the academic scholarship
and achievements of interdisciplinary students at the undergraduate
level. As a national honor society, Alpha Iota Sigma
- promotes the benefits of interdisciplinary work;
- provides a forum to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among students, faculty and local community members;
- investigates and encourages methods of interdisciplinary learning;
- enhances understanding and application of interdisciplinary knowledge among the general public;
- creates a sense of community among interdisciplinary students and graduates of interdisciplinary programs.
Student members of
Alpha Iota Sigma advance this mission by student members of Alpha Iota Sigma advance this mission by
- motivating their peers to excel in interdisciplinary scholarship;
- fostering connections between their academic coursework and the larger community through civic engagement projects;
- encouraging honors graduates to be leaders in addressing the complex
problems of contemporary society with the highest intellectual, ethical
and moral standards.
Section 1. The National Council shall be comprised of student
representatives from member chapters. The Secretary/Treasurer of each
chapter shall automatically be a member of the National Council.
Section 2. The National Council shall appoint faculty co-coordinators
with one nominated by the Board of Directors of the Association for
Interdisciplinary Studies and another by the National Council. Both will
be responsible for coordinating the yearly national meeting held in
conjunction with the annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
Conference. The term of office of each shall be four years, and
coordinators are eligible to succeed themselves for two additional
Section 1. To be eligible for consideration for a chapter of the
Society, an applicant shall be a four-year institution of higher
education and must be a member in good standing of the accrediting
association of the region in which it is located.
Section 2. The loss of an institution’s membership in a regional
accrediting association shall automatically suspend the chapter until
such time as accreditation is regained.
Section 3. Each chapter shall be coordinated by a Faculty Sponsor from
the chapter’s institution. In order for a chapter to be considered for
the membership, the faculty sponsor must submit in writing to the
National Council, details of the program(s) seeking chapter membership
including IDS courses, programs and faculty.
Section 4. Chapters may be granted only to institutions or divisions of
institutions whose work is primarily academic in nature and for which
baccalaureate degrees are conferred.
Section 5. A charter may be granted to an applying institution by a two-thirds vote of all the members of the National Council.
Section 6. Chapters must adhere to the Alpha Iota Sigma Constitution
and Bylaws, maintain institutional membership in AIS and send at least
one representative to the yearly AIS Conference to participate in the
annual meeting of the National Council.
Individual Student Membership
Section 1. To be eligible for membership in Alpha Iota Sigma the student must
- be currently enrolled in an Alpha Iota Sigma member college or university,
- be majoring in an interdisciplinary program as noted in the chapter application,
- hold a GPA of 3.3 (local chapters
may establish higher GPA standards),
- present to the National Council two letters of recommendation with at
least one from a faculty member teaching in the interdisciplinary
Section 2. Chapters may also require the following:
a. present an interdisciplinary writing sample of which the student applicant is a sole or co-author,
b. provide a written justification for the interdisciplinary content of courses taken,
c. provide an essay speaking to the importance of interdisciplinary study in the chosen major.
Chapter Officers and Duties
Section 1. The chapter officers will be the President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer.
Section 2. The President will call meetings, preside at meetings,
appoint committees and provide general supervision of the affairs of
the society in consultation with the Faculty Sponsor.
Section 3. The Vice-President will assist the President and assume the
responsibilities of the President in case of his/her absence.
Section 4. It will be the duty of the Secretary/Treasurer to collect all
dues and assessments of members; to pay bills sanctioned by the
society; to keep an account of all receipts and expenditures (with the
assistance of the Vice-President); to keep and read minutes of meetings
and to report on the activities and financial status of the chapter at
each regular meeting and at the yearly meeting of the National Council.
(Additional duties may be assigned as necessary.)
Election of Chapter Officers
Section 1. Officers for the following year will be elected at a regular
spring meeting and formally installed by the incumbent officers.
Section 2. Officers will be elected by a majority vote of the chapter.
Section 3. If officers do not return to school, new officers will be elected to fill the vacancies at the next meeting.
Section 1. There will be at least one regular meeting of the chapter each term.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or at the request of the Faculty Sponsor.
Section 3. A quorum will consist of a majority of the chapter’s active membership.
Induction, Fees, and Assessments
Section 1. Each new chapter shall pay to the National Council a one-time installation fee within two weeks of the induction.
Section 2. In addition to the required national dues, the chapter may require any local dues as deemed necessary or appropriate.
Induction and Installation of New Members and Officers
Dignified and worthy rituals for induction of members and for installation of officers shall be used by each chapter.
Section 1. The installation fee for a new chapter shall be fixed by the National Council*.
Section 2. The induction fee for each new member shall be fixed by the National Council**.
Section 1. The Articles of this Constitution may be amended, revised, or
altered in whole or in part at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote
of the members of the National Council, provided such a proposal and a
notice of the proposed vote are given to each member in writing at
least one month prior to the vote.
Section 1. Additional bylaws may be adopted at any meeting by a two-thirds vote of the active membership.
Section 2. Each chapter may adopt such bylaws as are not in conflict
with the national Constitution. The National Council must approve the
bylaws of a local chapter, with a further right of the local chapter to
appeal National Council decisions to the AIS Board of Directors.
Section 3. Each chapter will keep an accurate record of each member and
his/her accomplishments in the field of the interdisciplinary studies up
until graduation from the IDS program at that institution.
Printable Alpha Lota Sigma Bylaws
Current Fee Structure
Chapter Installation Fee $100
(one time, payable within 2 weeks of chapter installation)
Student Member Annual Fee $20
(payable with application to local chapter)
Chapter Annual Fee $50
(payable annually – due October 31)
All current chapters are members in good standing of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and Alpha Iota Sigma.
Current Alpha Iota Sigma Chapters (2012-2013)
Governors State University
Grand Valley State
State University of New York Potsdam
U of Southern Florida Sarasota-Manatee
University of Texas Arlington
University of West Georgia
Founding Alpha Iota Sigma Chapters
Michigan State University
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
University of Texas Arlington
Starting a Chapter and Inducting Members/Officers
Q: How do I select ALPHA IOTA SIGMA student inductees?
ALPHA IOTA SIGMA student inductees are chosen via faculty
recommendation letters (minimum of 2) including at least one from a
faculty member teaching in the interdisciplinary studies curriculum.
ALPHA IOTA SIGMA student inductees are also selected for their exemplary
Q: What are the national requirements for student membership?
Student members must be currently enrolled in a member college or
university, be majoring in an interdisciplinary program as noted in the
chapter application, hold a GPA of 3.3 or higher if their local chapter
requires it and present to the National Council two letters of
recommendation with at least one from a faculty member teaching in the
interdisciplinary studies curriculum. Local chapters may have additional
Q: How do I conduct the ALPHA IOTA SIGMA initiation ceremony?
ALPHA IOTA SIGMA chapters are urged to plan the initiation ceremony in keeping with their program and university policies.
Q: How do I select ALPHA IOTA SIGMA chapter officers and what are their duties?
The Faculty Sponsor and her/his program should set the criteria for
chapter officer elections. The national council has established three
chapter officer roles - President, Vice-President and
The President will call meetings, preside at meetings, appoint
committees and provide general supervision of the affairs of the
society in consultation with the Faculty Sponsor.
The Vice-President will assist the President and assume the
responsibilities of the President in case of his/her absence.
Secretary/Treasurer will collect all dues and assessments of members; to
pay bills sanctioned by the society; to keep an account of all receipts
and expenditures (with the assistance of the Vice-President); to keep
and read minutes of meetings and to report on the activities and
financial status of the chapter at each regular meeting and at the
yearly meeting of the National Council. Additional duties may be
assigned by the local chapter’s Faculty Sponsor as necessary.
Q: What type of activities can/should my ALPHA IOTA SIGMA chapter accomplish?
ALPHA IOTA SIGMA chapters are urged to plan research, service and
recognition events in keeping with their program and university
policies. A highlight for students is the ALPHA IOTA SIGMA commencement
honor cord. Faculty Sponsors should work with the National Council to
secure the appropriate cords for their student members well before each
Q: What is required of an ALPHA IOTA SIGMA chapter?
- Each local chapter must include a Faculty Sponsor and student chapter
officers of President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. Each
chapter must adhere to the Constitution and Bylaws, maintain
institutional membership in ALPHA IOTA SIGMA and send at least one
representative to the yearly ALPHA IOTA SIGMA Conference to participate
in the annual meeting of the National Council. Each chapter must have
at least one regular meeting of the chapter each term. All fees –
chapter induction, member induction, annual membership fee and local
membership feel (if required) – must be paid.
Q: What costs are involved?
- There is a one-time chapter installation fee of $100 payable within
two weeks of Chapter Installation, a member induction fee of $20 per
member payable within two weeks of induction and an annual chapter fee
of $50 payable annually – due October 31 each year.
Q: Can I use a departmental credit card to pay for my ALPHA IOTA SIGMA order?
Q: How do ALPHA IOTA SIGMA members participate in the annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference?
- Each chapter is required to send at least one representative to the
annual conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
conference and to the annual meeting of the National Council held during
the conference. Chapters are encouraged to register as many chapter
members as possible for this rich opportunity for interdisciplinary
research, connection, and collaboration. Local chapters are responsible
for all fees related to member participation in the annual conference.
Q: Does ALPHA IOTA SIGMA offer any awards?
Please attend the 2013 National Council meeting for discussion about
this wonderful opportunity. Feel free to suggest additional agenda
items by contacting National Council faculty coordinator Marcus Tanner
Q: Where can I get the Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society Honor Cords for my students for commencement.
Q. How do I become a member of the honor society?
- If you are a faculty member, check the requirements for founding an
honor society chapter at your university. These can be found on the
online application form and are summarized below
- Host institution/unit offers a minimum of 2 interdisciplinary courses
Host institution/unity is a member in good standing of the Association
for Interdisciplinary Studies, and agrees to pay current AIS honor
society chapter fees, and follow the Alpha Iota Sigma bylaws and
constitution policies and guidelines including the appointment of
chapter officers, a representative at the annual meeting, etc.
Q. I am a student. Can I start an Alpha Iota Sigma honor society at my institution?
- A student may not start a chapter at an institution without a
sponsoring faculty member who should be actively associated with the
interdisciplinary unit at the institution. The faculty member should
complete the application process.
Q. How much does it cost to become a member of the honor society?
- There is a modest, one-time membership fee and a one-time induction
fee for new chapters. After this, an annual membership fee is due from
the institution. Chapters should set annual student membership fees at a
rate that is manageable but that can support activities and contribute
to events as the sponsoring faculty member sees fit.
Q. Do I send in the student letters of application and other supporting documents to the Alpha Iota Sigma co-ordinator?
- No. Chapter Faculty Advisors should send a copy of student
applications along with membership fees. Photographs of inductees at
their ceremonies are gratefully received for publication on the Alpha
Iota Sigma website
Q. What are the benefits of joining the honor society?
The honor society is designed to promote excellence in
interdisciplinary studies. Students will have an opportunity to connect
with other Alpha Iota Sigma students, both at the host institution, and,
potentially, at the annual AIS conference which hosts a panel of honor
student work. Membership of an honor society is a great resume builder,
and you will have the opportunity to forge a network with other honor
students from across the country. Additionally, the honor society has a
Facebook page to facilitate virtual communication among its student
members and to promote the activities in which the honor society members
Have a question or suggestion not covered here? Contact Faculty Coordinator Marcus Tanner
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