Sigma Iota Rho

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Further International Awareness with Fellow Students

The Washington University SIR chapter is a group of undergraduate students committed to furthering international awareness on campus while fostering an academic, social and professional community for students interested in global issues. Our chapter has presented town hall events on salient issues, organized public service projects, hosted student research conferences and maintained an international human rights film festival. All Global Studies majors and students with related academic interests are welcome to join our chapter.

Spring 20222 Application

Application Schedule

Applications for membership in SIR are collected at the beginning of each semester (Feb. 8, 2022). If you would like to become a member of SIR this semester, please click below, download the form, and submit it by email to New members are required to go through an orientation process that lasts through their first semester. Upon successful completion of this orientation, the new members are initiated in the subsequent semester.

Spring 2022 New Member Application

Membership & Eligibility


Each semester, members are required to attend biweekly meetings, volunteer for at least one service opportunity, and attend a set number of SIR-credited events on campus. The Executive Board reserves the right to withhold honors if you do not meet attendance and participation requirements.

Membership in SIR gives you an opportunity to hone your leadership skills as a chapter officer or through event planning. You will receive Eliot Honors at commencement in recognition of your service to SIR and wear honor cords at graduation. In addition, the National Honorary provides other unique opportunities to attend conferences with the UN, World Bank, and other international institutions, travel and research grant opportunities, and a chance for members to submit papers to the Sigma Iota Rho publication, Journal of International Relations.





Local Chapter Membership

All students who are interested in international issues are welcome to participate in the Washington University chapter of SIR as local members. We welcome students of all academic backgrounds and extra-curricular pursuits.

National Honorary Membership

Seniors that meet the following requirements are eligible for induction to the National Honor Society:

  • Completed course work in international studies including courses in relevant subject areas of anthropology, economics, modern languages, geography, history, political science, and other related disciplines
  • Attained a junior standing and completed at least twenty-one (21) hours of course work in the Global Studies major, including at least two courses at the 300/400 levels
  • Attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher in all courses
  • Pay a one-time membership fee of $45

Meet our Leadership


Joshua Nobel

Executive Board

Director of External Relations — Mackenzie Manofsky
Director of Community Service — Francesca Frkonja
Director of Membership — Adam Mehdi
Director of Administration — Talia Stein
Director of Operations — Taylor Fordree
Director of Finance — Ayelet Spertus

Students near Seigle Hall

I appreciate that all of my classes focus on areas of continuity and overlap between more traditional studies like economics, political science, and history. As a result, my experience with the International and Area Studies program has helped me to think in an increasingly interdisciplinary way about the complex regional issues in the Middle East and North Africa that interest me.

―Isaiah Sciford IAS '17


Questions about Washington University's chapter of SIR?

Email WashU SIR