Student Organizations

Phi Alpha Honor Society

A national honor society for social work students, the purposes of the Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to 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. Dr. Kevin Jones serves as the advisor for UP's chapter, Mu Theta. More information about the Phi Alpha Honor Society Application.

The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors and Phi Alpha Honor Society have partnered to deliver a scholarship program for undergraduate Phi Alpha members. Each year, three scholarships will be awarded. They are: (1st) $2,500, (2nd) $2,000, and (3rd) $1,500. The focus of the application is the student's service, scholarship, and leadership. The first place selection will be sponsored to present as part of the conference program at the BPD annual conference each spring. Students must be members of Phi Alpha to apply. Applications are due May 30th. Awards are announced by September 1st. Please visit the Phi Alpha website for more information on how to apply.

Student Association of Social Workers

Formed in 2003, the club is a fully recognized and funded student organization with its own by-laws and elected student officers. Club functions include attendance at professional seminars, sponsoring guest speakers on campus, and community service activities. Through the regularly scheduled club meetings, students have a direct means of sharing their concerns about the curriculum and program and of participating in its design. The club also serves as the mechanism for representation by a student at social work faculty meetings. Dr. Rogers serves as the advisor to the club. The club also serves as a departmental supplement to the Social Sciences Club.

Social Work majors are required to join the Student Association of Social Workers. The club serves a number of functions as described above; it also serves as a vehicle to develop networks of support.