Phi Alpha Theta


Phi Alpha Theta is the International Honor Society in History. The Beta Psi Chapter at the University of Montana, chartered in 1948, has enrolled over one thousand young historians. The basic requirement for membership is the completion of at least twelve credit hours in History with a 3.1 or higher GPA in History and a 3.0 or higher overall GPA.

Student President: Lauryn Tecca, Class of '23

Faculty Advisor: Professor Kyle G. Volk

Join Phi Alpha Theta

To join Phi Alpha Theta at the University of Montana:

  • Respond to the invitation to join or contact Professor Volk to receive the enrollment form.
  • Bring the enrollment form and a check or money order made payable to "Phi Alpha Theta" in the amount of $65 to Professor Volk's mailbox in the History Department (LA 256). You can also contact Professor Volk to VENMO the funds. The $65 fee is a one-time lifetime membership fee to both our local chapter and the national organization. There are no annual dues.
  • The deadline for membership this semester is October 15th, 2022.

PAT Northwest Regional Conference

PAT 2022 Contingent

Each spring, UM's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta attends the annual northwest regional conference at which students present original research essays. Presenters are not required to be members of their local PAT chapter, but only members will be eligible for awards. 

The 2022 conference was held April 22-23rd on the campus of Western Washington University (WWU). Professors Jody Pavilack and Kyle Volk accompanied twelve students to Bellingham, Washington. All twelve presented their original research and received feedback from faculty from colleges and universities throughout the region. UM undergraduate Sean Kellogg received the conference's "Best Overall Paper" prize and UM PhD student Mike Larmann won the "Best Graduate Student Paper" prize.

Future Conferences

The Call for Papers for the Spring 2023 Northwest Regional Conference is forthcoming. Typically, paper abstracts are due in February and final papers (10 pages) are due in March. Contact Professor Volk if you are interested in attending the upcoming conference.