Phi Alpha Theta

phi alpha theta logo in greek letters


Student President: Jennifer Pepprock

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 October 1, 2015.

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

The 2016 PAT Northwest Regional Conference will be held in Bellingham, Washington. More details are forthcoming. Contact Professor Volk if you are interested in attending.

2014 PAT Northwest Regional Conference

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."