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Honor Societies at GCSW

Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha Honor Society is a national honor society specifically for social work students. 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. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patrick Leung – 

Phi Alpha Honor Society Board: Wendy Cooper (President), Jo Sullivan (Vice President), Dr. Leal Roberta (Treasurer), Holly Davies, Fakiya Blade, Limor Smith and Dr. Kristin Mena

Scholarships: Two $500 scholarships are available to current GCSW students (see the information posted in the Student Lounge at GCSW 2nd Floor)

Membership: A GCSW candidate is accepted into the Phi Alpha Honor Society Mu Lambda Chapter based on achieving a 3.85 GPA for the cumulative semesters spent in social work education and being in the top 35% of the graduating cohort.    

Phi Alpha, National Honor Society for Social Work Students 

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society which recognizes superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. The University of Houston Graduate School oversees the determination process for Phi Kappa Phi. To be eligible, students must be:

  1. Currently seeking a graduate degree at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work;
  2. Have been enrolled at UH as a graduate student on a full-time basis for at least one academic year or on a part-time basis for the equivalent of at least one academic year (completion of 24 semester credit hours or more); and
  3. Ranked scholastically in the top 10 percent of the students enrolled currently in the GCSW program.

Faculty Contact: Dr. Susan