Lambda Alpha

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**Membership applications for the 2018 spring semester are due by noon on March 1st, 2018.**

Lambda Alpha is the National Collegiate Honors Society for students of Anthropology. The purpose of Lambda Alpha is to promote the study and appreciation of Anthropology as an academic discipline and a forum of applied learning for the benefit of all peoples in real-world contexts. The society was established in 1968 and currently contains around 170 chapters. The name, Lambda Alpha, comes from the initial letters of the Greek words logos anthropou, meaning the 'study of humans.' The national chapter publishes Lambda Alpha Journal, which appears annually and is internationally distributed. The Lambda Alpha Journal reserves 50% of its content for student work.

**Good news for Lambda Alpha students in Spring 2018!**

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of The National Lambda Alpha Honors Society! That being said, the program is working to increase the amount of scholarships offered to Anthropology students that are members of Lambda Alpha!

Scholarships offered:

  • Three undergraduate graduating senior student scholarships - $5,000 for each scholarship award
  • Six graduate research grants from three categories (archaeology, bio-anthropology, and linguistic/cultural) - $2,000 for each scholarship award
  • Fourteen student paper awards distributed evenly among undergraduate and graduate students - up to $700 for first place

Becoming a member of the Beta of Montana Chapter

Beta of Montana is the Lambda Alpha Chapter in the University of Montana's Department of Anthropology. To Join Beta of Montana students need to meet the following requirements:

Undergraduate Students:

  • Must have completed 12 credits of course work in anthropology.
  • Must have an anthropology G.P.A of at least 3.0.
  • Must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.5.

Graduate Students:

  • Must be admitted to the departmental graduate program.
  • Must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.25.

Benefits of joining Lambda Alpha Honors Society in 2018:

  • Ability to be recognized for academic achievements at commencement
  • Yet another thing to put on your CV!
  • Only a one-time fee for a lifetime membership
  • Access to the National Lambda Alpha Scholarship ($5000) for graduating seniors interested in attending graduate school, Graduate Research Grants ($2000 for each subdiscipline of anthropology - archaeology, bioanthropology, and cultural/linguistic anthropology), and the 50th Anniversary Lambda Alpha Founder's Student Paper Competition ($700 for first place) graduate and undergraduate students

If you meet the above qualifications and wish to join, fill out a membership card which can be obtained from Lauren Clark or Dr. Richard Sattler (contact information below), write a check for $25 to Lambda Alpha (this cost includes a lifetime membership, certificate, and ID card), then give your payment and application to Lauren Clark, President of Lambda Alpha-Beta Chapter for submission to the Lambda Alpha National Office.

**Please note that there is an additional fee for an optional Lambda Alpha satin stole ($25) and honors pin ($10) for recognition during commencement.**

Membership applications will be forwarded to the national office for processing twice a year, so be sure to get your applications in early! For the 2018 spring semester, applications are due BY NOON ON MARCH 1ST, 2018.

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If you have any questions about the society you can take a look at their new website or  contact our chapter president, Lauren Clark, or faculty sponsor, Dr. Richard Sattler, for more information!