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Phi Alpha Theta

Faculty Advisors: Kyle G. Volk & Robert Greene

Phi Alpha Theta is the International Honor Society in History. The Beta Psi Chapter at the University of Montana, chartered in 1948, has enrolled over one thousand young historians. The basic requirement for membership is the completion of at least twelve credit hours in History with a 3.1 or higher GPA in History and a 3.0 or higher overall GPA.

To join Phi Alpha Theta at the University of Montana:

- Fill out the membership application form.

- Bring the form and a check made payable to "Phi Alpha Theta" in the amount of $55 to Diane Rapp in the History Department office (LA 256). The $55 fee is a one-time lifetime membership fee to both our local chapter and the national organization. There are no annual dues.

- The deadline for membership this semester is Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Each spring, UM's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta attends the annual northwest regional conference at which students present original research essays.

The 2015 PAT Northwest Regional Conference will be held April 10-11 at Campbell's Beach Resort in Lake Chelan, WA. Please contact Professor Volk before February 2, 2015 if you are interested in attending.


PAT Students 2014

UM's student contingent at the 2014 PAT Northwest Regional Conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Pictured here (from l to r) are Eva Cloud, Chelsea Chamberlain, Kayla Blackman, Pat O'Connor,
Whitney Bugni, and Blake Reynolds.

Out of the over 120 student papers presented at the 2014 conference, Chelsea Chamberlain's paper,
"Disguising Dependence: Scientific Philanthropy and Disability in the Gilded Age," was awarded the
"Harry Fritz Best Overall Paper Prize." Pat O'Connor's essay, "The Right to Spit: Contesting Public
Spitting in Washington, D.C., 1903," was awarded the "Best Graduate Student Paper Prize."   



Students and faculty stop in central Washington near the banks of the Columbia River 
amid their return from the 2011 regional PAT conference.

College of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Montana

Graphics, Design, & Layout by Spectral Fusion Designs, 2013.