Upsilon Sigma

The Urban Studies Honor Society
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About Upsilon Sigma
Benefits for Students
Institutional Benefits
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ABOUT
Upsilon Sigma: The Urban Studies Honor Society logoUpsilon Sigma is an international, multidisciplinary honor society!

The Society was established by the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) in 2018. Upsilon Sigma is dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, leadership, and engagement in urban studies and related fields. The mission is to promote academic excellence and enrich the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees related to urban studies.

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. The issues and policies that impact urban places and populations are examined within a wide variety of academic disciplines. As such, Upsilon Sigma-The Urban Studies Honor Society welcomes chapter applications from all fields of study.

Examples of urban-related topics that are examined by a broad range of academic disciplines.

Architecture
Area Studies
Arts
Built Environment
Capital Projects
Citizen Participation
Civil Society
Communication
Community Development
Conservation
Criminal Justice
Culture
Demographic Trends
Design
Development Studies
Disaster Management/Planning
Diversity
Ecology
Economics
Economic Development
Educational Inequalities
Educational Policy
Elections
Employment
Environment
Ethnicity
Finance
Gender
Geography
Globalism
Governance
Health
Historic Preservation
History

Household Violence
Housing
Human Services
Immigration
Income Inequality
Infrastructure
Intergovernmental Relations
Job Training
Journalism
Labor
Land Use
Latin-American Studies
Management
Media Roles
Metropolitan Studies
Multi-National Urban Issues
Neighborhoods
Networks
Nonprofit Sector
Place-Making
Planning
Policing
Policy
Politics
Population Trends
Poverty
Public Affairs
Public Health
Public Safety
Quality of Life
Race
Redevelopment
Regionalism
Religion

Resilience
Satisfaction with Life
Schools
Security
Service Provision
Social Capital
Social Dynamics
Social Justice
Social Media
Social Theory
Social Work
Sociology
Space and Place
Sports
Sustainability
Systems
Technology
Theory
Tourism
Transportation
Urban Affairs
Urban Affairs in Africa
Urban Affairs in Asia
Urban Affairs in Australia/Oceana
Urban Affairs in Europe
Urban Affairs in North America
Urban Affairs in South America
Urban Studies
Urbanism
Urbanization
Wages
Welfare

BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS
Upsilon Sigma: The Urban Studies Honor Society logo

  • Students who are inducted into Upsilon Sigma chapters shall be granted the right to identify themselves as honor society members.
  • Each inductee will receive an official certificate of membership. This distinction will add a unique element to a student’s record and give clear indication of significant academic achievements.
  • Membership in Upsilon Sigma will give students access to both campus-based and national networks of fellow honor society members.
  • Student members will be eligible for special discounts to become UAA members and to attend annual UAA conferences. Additional benefits may be provided by local chapters of the Society.

INSTITUTIONAL BENEFITS
Upsilon Sigma: The Urban Studies Honor Society logo

  • Set standards of academic achievement that will reward students formally for their excellence in scholarship;
  • Expand opportunities for student leadership and professional development;
  • Join a broad network of UAA’s Institutional Members that gives international and national exposure to your chapter activities through UAA website and social media outlets;
  • Provide a campus-based network for high-achieving students;
  • Connect students to a national network of emerging urban scholars through UAA conferences and online communications;
  • Increase student-faculty interactions and opportunities for collaborative activities; and,
  • Promote engagement in service learning activities. 

CURRENT CHAPTERS

Cleveland State University | Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University | Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University | Levin College of Urban Affairs
Chapter advisor: J. Rosie Tighe, Associate Professor
Georgia State University | Urban Studies Institute
Georgia State University | Urban Studies Institute
Georgia State University | Urban Studies Institute
Chapter advisor: Jean-Paul Addie, Assistant Professor
Manhattan College | Urban Studies Program
Manhattan College | Urban Studies Program
Manhattan College | Urban Studies Program
Chapter advisor: Adam Arenson, Associate Professor of History and Director of Urban Studies Programs
Northeastern University | School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Northeastern University | School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Northeastern University | School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Chapter advisor: Thomas Vicino, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
The Ohio State University | City and Regional Planning Program
The Ohio State University | City and Regional Planning Program
The Ohio State University | City and Regional Planning Program
Chapter advisor: Bernadette Hanlon, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning
Rhodes College | Urban Studies Program
Rhodes College | Urban Studies Program
Rhodes College | Urban Studies Program
Chapter advisor: Elizabeth Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director and Plough Chair of Urban Studies
Rutgers University | Global Urban Studies
Rutgers University | Global Urban Studies
Rutgers University | Global Urban Studies
Chapter advisor: Sean T. Mitchell, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Interim Co-Director, Global Urban Studies (Joint PhD Program in Urban Systems)
Rutgers University-Camden | Department of Public Policy and Administration
Rutgers University-Camden | Department of Public Policy and Administration
Rutgers University-Camden | Department of Public Policy and Administration
Chapter advisor: Paul Jargowsky, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Urban Research and Education
University of Connecticut | Urban and Community Studies
University of Connecticut | Urban and Community Studies
University of Connecticut | Urban and Community Studies
Chapter advisor: Ken Foote, Director of Urban and Community Studies and Professor of Geography
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Chapter advisor: Andrew Greenlee, Associate Professor
University of Mary Washington | Urban Studies Minor
University of Mary Washington | Urban Studies Minor
University of Mary Washington | Urban Studies Minor
Chapter advisor: Melina Patterson, Associate Professor
University of Nebraska, Omaha | Urban Studies Program
University of Nebraska, Omaha | Urban Studies Program
University of Nebraska, Omaha | Urban Studies Program
Chapter advisor: Barbara Hewins-Maroney, Associate Professor in Urban Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas | School of Public Policy and Leadership
University of Nevada, Las Vegas | School of Public Policy and Leadership
University of Nevada, Las Vegas | School of Public Policy and Leadership
Chapter advisor: Katheryn Brekken, Assistant Research Professor, Public Policy and Leadership
University of Pittsburgh | Urban Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh | Urban Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh | Urban Studies Program
Chapter advisor: Susan Lucas, Lecturer
University of Washington Tacoma | School of Urban Studies
University of Washington Tacoma | School of Urban Studies
University of Washington Tacoma | School of Urban Studies
Chapter advisor: James Harrington, Professor
Washington University in St. Louis | Urban Studies
Washington University in St. Louis | Urban Studies
Washington University in St. Louis | Urban Studies
Chapter advisor: Carol Camp Yeakey, Marshall S. Snow Professor of Arts and Sciences