Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies

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Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) is a collegiate honor society for international studies recognized by the International Studies Association. The goals of Sigma Iota Rho are to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and faculty in higher education so as to foster creative performance and integrity in the conduct of world affairs. Its members are predominantly advanced undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and engagement in international affairs. There are close to 200 SIR chapters all across the nation and abroad. The chapter at Portland State University, called Eta Chi, is the only chapter located in Oregon.

The benefits of membership include:

  • Induction Package: Certificate Attesting Membership, copy of the latest issue of the Journal of International Relations, and Graduation Regalia (Honor Cord and Pin)
  • Opportunity to get your work published in the nationally distributed Journal of International Relations
  • Eligibility to apply for SIR Funding opportunities ranging from scholarships to research grants
  • Access to professional networks through the Sigma Iota Rho Internship Database (Excel).
  • Networking ability through our Sigma Iota Rho LinkedIn page.
  • Credentials you can put on your resume that showcase your commitment to the field of international affairs
  • Additional regalia options to wear at your graduation (Note: some types of regalia require an additional fee)

Interested in becoming a member of Sigma Iota Rho?

Here are the minimum requirements:

  • INTL Major or Minor
  • Junior standing
  • 3.3 Minimum G.P.A. in all courses
  • 3.4 Minimuum G.P.A. in International Studies courses
  • Completed at least 21 hours of course work towards an International Studies major or minor including at least two courses at the 300 or 400 levels

You must apply at least one quarter prior to graduation.

To join you must pay a one-time fee of $45 in the form of a money order or cashier's check. Regalia options are available for an additional fee. You will receive an invoice with payment instructions after your application is reviewed.

Eta Chi Officers for 2020/2021

Anna-Liza Victory

Anna-Liza Victory, President, is a post-bac student in Anthropology. She graduated summa cum laude in 2020 with a BA in European Studies and minors in French, German and Russian. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She will be starting a MA in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington in 2021.

Jess Duran

Jess Duran, Treasurer, is a senior majoring in International & Global Studies and Spanish. She works as a peer advisor at the PSU Financial Aid Office and is the Communications & Media officer for IGSSA. Upon graduating, she wants to volunteer for the Peace Corps, and in the future, to work in an international career.

Celine Kuang

Celine Kuang (Xiao Lin), Secretary, is a PSU's Urban Honors College student majoring in International Development and Chinese with a minor in Business. She's a recipient of numerous scholarships and an intern at WorldOregon. Celine will be working toward her MA in International Relations at the University of Washington upon graduation.

Jiale Long, Communications & Media Coordinator, is a double major in Global Studies and East Asia Studies with a minor in Communication. Jiale is an international student from Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. She speaks Chinese Mandarin, the other three Chinese dialects, and English. She enjoys Cantonese Opera, traditional Chinese culture, and photography.



Dr. Kimberley Brown

Dr. Kimberley Brown, Eta Chi Chapter Faculty Advisor, is a professor of Applied Linguistics and International and Global Studies. Dr. Brown's academic and personal interests lie in the intersection between language and culture. She believes in the power of a strong liberal arts education. Together with Dr. Shawn Smallman, she has authored the textbook Introduction to International and Global Studies, now in its third edition with the University of North Carolina Press.

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