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Interdisciplinary Studies 
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IDS Honor Society & Awards

Alpha Iota Sigma (AIS)

Alpha Iota Sigma (AIS) is an international honor society that aims to recognize the academic scholarship and achievements of interdisciplinary undergraduate students.

The AIS goals are:

  • to promote the benefits of interdisciplinary work
  • to provide a forum to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration with students, faculty, and local community members
  • to investigate and encourage methods of interdisciplinary learning
  • to enhance understanding and application of interdisciplinary knowledge among the general public
  • to create a sense of community among interdisciplinary students and graduates of interdisciplinary programs
student inductees into AIS in 2016 pictured with Professor Robin DeRosa
2016 AIS Inductees with Professor DeRosa

Why should you join?

  • It’s a great honor and resumé builder
  • You become affiliated with an international organization of interdisciplinary scholars and students
  • Opportunities open up to become involved with our university
  • Opportunities  open up to become involved with the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Opportunities open up to be considered in the annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference by submitting student research proposals
  • Opportunities open up to connect with other interdisciplinary scholars and students
  • You will receive a certificate recognizing your membership of the honor society
  • You will receive a cord for your graduation robes

Past PSU Chapter Presidents:

  • 2019-20 President: Ashley Hichborn
  • 2018-2019 President: Mariah Davis
  • 2017-2018 President: Janet Currier
  • 2016-17 President: Colby Downs
  • 2015-16 Founder and President: Christine Whitman

Requirements for Joining

  • enrolled at Plymouth State University
  • majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • complete the Alpha lota Sigma Application for Membership
  • have the names and contact information of 3 faculty recommending your induction
  • pay $20 in dues per year

Applications for Alpha lot Sigma membership are due every March.

For more information, visit the Alpha Iota Sigma website.

IDS Awards

The Outstanding Graduating Senior Award Recipients

2019 Recipient: Mariah Davis
2018 Recipient: Emily Middleton
2017 Recipient: Taylor Fournier
2016 Recipient: Chelsea Merritt

The Distinguished Senior (Previously Gonfalonier) Award Recipients

2019 Recipient: Amanda Downs
2018 Recipient: Louisa Noble
2017 Recipient: Colby Downes