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Alpha Iota Sigma

For exemplary 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
  • 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.
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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

1.       Fill out the online membership application for chapter induction and annual membership.

2.       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. 

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3.       An Honor Society representative will contact you via email with some important “next steps” and helpful information.

4.       Start working on getting your chapter organized and let us know if you have any questions.

5.       Collect student applications and fees ($20 per year).

6.       Send us a copy of your student applications and one check for all student fees (we can also invoice you through paypal).

7.       Have an induction ceremony and send pictures from your event to aisorg@oakland.edu.

Please note: AIS members do not need a PayPal account to pay their dues by credit card. If you have a valid MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover credit card and wish to pay your membership dues using one of those, just click on "Don't have a PayPal account?" at the bottom of the next page, and you will access a PayPal page on which you may supply your credit card information. You may also encounter a pop-up invitation to "Create a PayPal account," but you can then opt out by clicking "No Thanks." Please be aware that if your credit card is ever rejected during the online transaction, PayPal is simply relaying information from the institution that issued the credit card. We recommend that you should then contact the financial institution that issued the credit card.

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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

Preamble
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.
Article 1
Purpose

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

  1. promotes the benefits of interdisciplinary work;
  2. provides a forum to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among students, faculty and local community members;
  3. investigates and encourages methods of interdisciplinary learning;
  4. enhances understanding and application of interdisciplinary knowledge among the general public;
  5. 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

  1. motivating their peers to excel in interdisciplinary scholarship;
  2. fostering connections between their academic coursework and the larger community through civic engagement projects; 
  3. encouraging honors graduates to be leaders in addressing the complex problems of contemporary society with the highest intellectual, ethical and moral standards.

Article 2
National Council

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 terms.

Article 3
New Chapters

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.

Article 4
Individual Student Membership

Section 1. To be eligible for membership in Alpha Iota Sigma the student must

  1. be currently enrolled in an Alpha Iota Sigma member college or university, 
  2. be majoring in an interdisciplinary program as noted in the chapter application, 
  3. hold a GPA of 3.3 (local chapters may establish higher GPA standards),
  4. present to the National Council two letters of recommendation with at least one from a faculty member teaching in the interdisciplinary studies curriculum.  

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.  

Article 5
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.)

Article 6
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.

Article 7
Chapter Meetings

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.

Article 8
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.

Article 9
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.

Article 10
Fees

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**.

Article 11
Amendments

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.

Article 12
Bylaws

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.

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)

Printable Alpha Lota Sigma Bylaws

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All current chapters are members in good standing of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and Alpha Iota Sigma.

Current Chapters


Current Alpha Iota Sigma Chapters (2012-2013)

Baylor University

Farleigh Dickinson

Franklin University

Governors State University

Grand Valley State

Holy Cross

Kenyon College

Michigan State

Oakland University

Seattle University

Southern Mississippi

State University of New York Potsdam

Texas Tech

U of Southern Florida Sarasota-Manatee

University of Texas Arlington

University of West Georgia



Founding Alpha Iota Sigma Chapters

Baylor University

Franklin University

Holy Cross

Michigan State University

Oakland University

SUNY Potsdam

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

University of Texas Arlington



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Honor Society Items for Purchase

Honor Society items may be purchased directly from AIS Honor Society website. Payment may be made using PayPal or a check may be sent to Texas Tech University c/o Dr. Marcus Tanner, 2515 15th, Drane Hall RM 164, Lubbock, TX 79409. For more information about honor society items, questions may be directed to Marcus at 806-742-7100.


Honors Pin ($5 each plus shipping and handling) - The pin is ¾” die struck brass and Gold plated. The face of the pin is blue and white hard enamel with a butterfly clutch backing.

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Honors Cords ($10 plus shipping and handling)

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Honors Medallion ($20 each plus shipping and handling) - The medallion is 1.5” die struck brass and Gold plated. This face of the medallion is blue and white hard enamel and comes with a blue neck ribbon.

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Honors Certificates
(pack of 25, $10 plus shipping and handling)
Please note: All new chapters receive a pack of 25 certificates on receipt of required, one-time induction fees.

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FAQ's

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 GPA.

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 requirements.

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 Secretary/Treasurer.
  • 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.
  • The 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.

Chapter Functions/Responsibilities
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 commencement ceremony.

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 are engaged.

Have a question or suggestion not covered here? Contact Faculty Coordinator Marcus Tanner at marcus.tanner@ttu.edu.


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