The Washington University SIR chapter is a group of undergraduate students committed to furthering international awareness on campus while fostering an academic, social and professional community for students interested in global issues. Our chapter has presented town hall events on salient issues, organized public service projects, hosted student research conferences and maintained an international human rights film festival. In addition, the chapter runs a blog about international events on campus and in the community. All IAS majors and students with related academic interests are welcome to join our chapter. To contact the Washington University chapter of SIR, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. To see SIR's national website, please click the crest. To see Washington University SIR Chapter page, please click here.
President: Isaiah Sciford
Executive Board: Natalie Geismar, Natalie howard, Ted sorota, Hena vadher, katie wood, Julia Zigman
Local Chapter Membership
All students who are interested in international issues are welcome to participate in the Washington University chapter of SIR as local members. We welcome students of all academic backgrounds and extra-curricular pursuits.
National Honorary Membership
Juniors and senior members in good standing have the opportunity to apply for induction to the National SIR Honorary if the following requirements have been met:
- declared a major in one of the following areas: International and Area Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, African and African-American Studies, Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies, Political Science (International or Comparative Politics tracks)
- maintained a 3.4 GPA or higher within the major and 3.3 cumulative GPA
- completed at least 21 hours of coursework within the IAS major or in related studies including two courses at the 300 or 400 level
paid the one-time national Honor Society membership fee of $45 (the IAS office has scholarships available if this cost is prohibitive)
SIR has helped me become more closely connected with the IAS program – with faculty and staff, given me awareness of related events held on campus, and allowed me to network with fellow students. Moreover, joining SIR has allowed me to become involved in planning and orchestrating events on campus. My involvement with SIR uniquely supplements my IAS education and provides the forum through which I am able to share and pursue my passions."
Members are expected to regularly attend meetings, functions and events. All Honor Society members must contribute to one SIR Committee each semester. The Executive Board reserves the right to withhold honors if you do not meet attendance and participation requirements.
Membership in SIR gives you an opportunity to hone your leadership skills as a chapter officer or committee chair. You will receive Eliot Honors at commencement in recognition of your service to SIR and wear honor cords at graduation. In addition, the National Honorar provides other unique opportunities to attend conferences with the UN, World Bank and other international institutions, travel and research grant opportunities, and a chance for members to submit papers to the Sigma Iota Rho publication, Journal of International Relations.
Applications for membership in SIR are collected at the beginning of each semester. If you would like to become a member of SIR, please contact the Coordinator of International Programming, Brennan Keiser, for an application. After the application is submitted and approved, prospective members are required to go through an orientation process that lasts through their first semester. Upon successful completion of this orientation, the new members are initiated in the subsequent semester.