2020 Phi Alpha Honor Society Selection Criteria

Phi Alpha Honor Society is a national honor society for social work students dedicated to excellence in scholarship, humanitarian goals, and high professional standards. The National Council of Phi Alpha Honor Society granted membership privileges to the SBU School of Social Welfare effective August, 2015. Please check back at the end of the fall semester for information about membership for 2020. 

Applications for 2020 will be posted here when they become available in late December 2019.

The eligibility requirements for our chapter of Phi Alpha (Phi Theta) are as follows:

                        General requirements: Writing a statement (maximum of 300 words) identifying 20 hours of community service within a one year period. Activity occurring within the confines of your internship, if applicable, is not eligible for consideration. Examples of such activities would be attendance at the LEAD Day in Albany and any on-campus club or student government involvement, volunteer work in a school, religious institution, community program, etc.

                        Undergraduate requirements:

·         Achieved Senior status in The School of Social Welfare

·         Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

·         Achieved a 3.75 HSC grade point average

·         Demonstrated commitment to University and/or community services for a minimum of 20 hours per academic year

Graduate requirements:

·         Completed three terms or equivalent of course work in The School of Social Welfare

·         Achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale)

·         Demonstrated commitment to University and/or community services for a minimum of 20 hours per academic year

Doctoral requirements:

·         Completed a minimum of two terms of course work and successful completion of the comprehensive exams

·         Achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale)

Acceptance decisions will be determined by March each year. With submission of application candidates are required to submit a check in the amount of $75. This provides you with a lifetime membership to the Phi Alpha Honor Society, and a personalized medallion (for your graduation attire!) and membership certificate. Checks are returned if you are not selected to be a member.

Your only commitment, should you be accepted, is to attend one mandatory meeting (date to be determined) and the induction ceremony to be held in April. 

For more information contact Dr. Stephen Rabeno with any questions:  Stephen.Rabeno@stonybrook.edu or by phone: 4-3168.