Sigma Iota Rho

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Further International Awareness with Fellow Students

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. All IAS majors and students with related academic interests are welcome to join our chapter.

Application Schedule

Applications for membership in SIR are collected at the beginning of each semester. If you would like to become a member of SIR this semester, please click below, download the form, and submit it by email to Once you have submitted your application, the two new member meetings will be on Tuesday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 8:00-9:00PM in Seigle 208. New 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.

Fall 2019 New Member Application

Membership & Eligibility


Each semester, members are required to attend biweekly meetings, volunteer for at least one service opportunities, and attend a set number of SIR-credited events on campus. 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 through event planning. 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.





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

Seniors that meet the following requirements are eligible for nomination to the National Honor Society:

  • Declare a major in International and Area Studies; East Asian Studies; Latin American Studies; African and African-American Studies; Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Culture; or Political Science (International or Comparative Politics tracks)
  • Maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher within the major and 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • Complete at least 21 hours of coursework within the IAS major and 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • Complete at least 21 hours of coursework within the major (junior or senior level) 
  • Pay a one-time membership fee of $45

Meet our Leadership

President: Jingyan Xu

Executive Board: 

Director of External Relations — Max Abrams
Director of Community Service — Joshua Nobel
Director of Membership — Nicholas Kinberg
Director of Administration — Kathleen White
Director of Operations — Ella Shlonsky
Director of Finance — Maia Sanders


Questions about Washington University's chapter of SIR?

Email WashU SIR