Phi Alpha Theta History
Phi Alpha Theta was established at the University of Arkansas on March 1, 1921. It has grown to encompass 700 chapters in 50 states, more chapters than any other accredited honor society. P.A.T. is a professional society whose mission is "to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians." They seek to "bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by members in a variety of ways."
The National Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society sponsors a variety of benefits for its members. There are biennial conventions for undergraduate, graduate and faculty members; members at all levels are welcome to present papers. P.A.T. also sponsors special programs at the annual meetings of a number of the larger historical organization conferences such as the American Historical Association conference and the Organization of American Historians conference. P.A.T. publishes The Historian, a distinguished historical quarterly in which all members are invited to publish scholarly works, and The News Letter which covers the activities of and provides information about P.A.T.
The National organization also sponsors six annual paper prize awards. The Lynn W. Turner and Foundersâ Awards are open to undergraduate members. There are also various scholarship awards, almost all of them for students entering into or already engaged in graduate study in history. Students interested in either the paper prizes or scholarship awards should contact the National Society at:
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, Soc 107
Tampa, Florida 33620
Phone: 1-800-394-8195/(813) 974-8212
Fax: (813) 974-8215
You might want to ask for a copy of their booklet "This is Phi Alpha Theta" which details benefits available to members.