Model UN

Political Science Club

The Political Science Club is a student-run extracurricular organization designed to enrich the academic programs of political science majors and minors and other students interested in state, national, and international politics.  Members discuss political and governmental issues, explore current events, and acquire a broader perspective through the exchange of ideas.  They also organize social events, host debates, and raise funds for travel that has included a visit to a state legislative session in Montgomery and the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

The Political Science Club must be renewed each year. To participate in the club, please contact the club's advisor, Dr. Anne Marie Choup at

Model U.N. Club

Model U.N. Club is an educational simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, with students serving as mock delegates of designated countries.  After researching their county's history, geography, government, economics, and culture and familiarizing themselves with broader issues, such as peace and security, human rights, the environment, and globalization, these delegates attend a Model U.N. conference where they are responsible for making speeches, preparing draft resolutions, negotiating with allies and adversaries, resolving conflicts, and navigating the Model U.N. conference's rules of procedures.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Expanded knowledge of global issues
  • An opportunity to meet and network with peers who share your passions
  • The development of useful skills, including research, writing, public speaking, problem-solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, compromise, and cooperation

The Model U.N. Club must be renewed each year. To participate in the club, please contact the club's advisor, Dr. Anne Marie Choup at

Pi Sigma Alpha
Honor Society

Nu Delta is UAH's student chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Pi Sigma Alpha seeks to promote excellence in the study of political science through a variety of programs, some of which would be a direct benefit to student members and local chapters and others benefiting more generally the profession of political science.  

Membership requirements are as follows:

  • Undergraduate students: Must be at least a junior in any major, who is currently enrolled and has completed 60 credit hours with at least 10 credit hours in political science, including at least one upper-level course; must have an average GPA of 3.2 for political science coursework and 3.0 for all coursework.
  • Graduate students: Must have completed 18 credit hours in graduate coursework, with at least 15 hours in political science; must have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher in all graduate coursework; must be pursuing a degree in political science.

Membership in one chapter is transferable to membership in another chapter when the member (student or faculty) moves to another institution where a chapter is present.

Pi Sigma Alpha Opportunities

Pi Sigma Alpha seeks to promote excellence in the study of political science through awards, scholarships, and lecture funding, and other benefits for members, chapters, political scientists, and political science programs:

  • Howard Penniman Scholarships for Graduate Study:  This scholarship is awarded annually to up to five members entering graduate school in Political Science. Nominations are due by May 1, and the winners are announced by June 15.
  • Best Student Papers/Honors Theses:  Each year, Pi Sigma Alpha selects one undergraduate class paper and one undergraduate honors thesis to receive a $250 award.  Each chapter may nominate one paper or thesis per year in each category.  Nominations are due June 15, and the winners are announced by July 15.
  • McManus Washington Internship Scholarships:  Pi Sigma Alpha bestows annually four awardees with Washington Internship Scholarships.  These internships must be in political science, be located in Washington, D.C., take place over the summer or fall semester, and academic credit must be awarded for the internship.  Nominations are due April 15, and winners are announced on June 1.

For more information, contact Dr. Anne Marie Choup at