General Information

Upsilon Sigma Honor Society

General Information

About Upsilon Sigma

Upsilon 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. Here is a sample of urban-related topics that are examined by a broad range of academic disciplines.

Benefits of Establishing a Chapter of Upsilon Sigma

There are several benefits to academic units that establish a chapter of Upsilon Sigma. These include the ability to:

  • 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. 

Students’ Benefits of Becoming a Member of Upsilon Sigma

  • 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.

National Constitution of Upsilon Sigma