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About Upsilon Sigma – The Urban Studies Honor Society

The Urban Affairs Association has established the first international honor society, Upsilon Sigma – The Urban Studies Honor Society, to recognize the academic achievements of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in urban studies and related fields.

Urban Studies is a broad umbrella term for academic programs and research that focus on the social, political, economic, spatial, physical, historical, cultural, and environmental dynamics of urban contexts. Given the varied academic homes for urban studies, we welcome applications from all disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary fields. Eligibility for participation in the Society will be judged on the basis of individual program attributes.


Chapter Application Deadlines

We invite applications from academic units to establish chapters of Upsilon Sigma. Each year, there will be three application periods, one in the Fall, the second in the Spring, and the third in the Summer. For the 2019-2020 academic year, we have established the following application periods:

 Fall 2019 Application Period

November 1 – Application due to the UAA Executive Office
December 1 – Application review decisions announced

Spring 2020 Application Period

February 1 – Application due to the UAA Executive Office
March 1 – Application review decisions announced

Summer 2020 Application Period

July 1 – Application due to the UAA Executive Office
August 1 – Application review decisions announced


Basic Requirements to Establish an Upsilon Sigma Chapter

  • Successful chapter application
  • Annual UAA Institutional Membership (dues are $345 per year)
  • Student induction fees (one-time induction fee of $35 per student)

Current Upsilon Sigma Chapters

  • Cleveland State University (Levin College of Urban Affairs)
  • Manhattan College (Urban Studies Program)
  • Rutgers University (Global Urban Studies)
  • The Ohio State University (City and Regional Planning Program)
  • University of Connecticut (Urban and Community Studies)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Department of Urban and Regional Planning)
  • University of Mary Washington (Urban Studies Minor)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (School of Public Policy and Leadership)
  • University of Washington Tacoma (Urban Studies)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (Urban Studies)

Full details on the application process and requirements are available on the UAA website: Upsilon Sigma Homepage

Questions regarding Upsilon Sigma should be sent to:  upsilon.sigma@uaamail.org