Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

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Phi Alpha Theta
National Honor Society in History-Pi Nu Chapter
Advisor: David Vail

Phi Alpha Theta, The History Honor Society was established in 1921 and has grown to over 800 active chapters. The Pi Nu chapter was founded at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1970 and to date has over 400 members and alumni. To qualify for lifetime membership in Phi Alpha Theta undergraduate students must have completed at least 12 hours of History courses with a 3.1 average in those courses, and have at least a 3.0 average in two thirds of all other course work. Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s in History and have a 3.5 GPA. 

Applications for membership can be submitted through the application form 

If you would like to support Phi Alpha Theta, please consider contributing to the PAT Foundation account, simply click on the Foundation image. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Vail 

Assistant Professor of History 

Greetings! I grew up in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley and spent much of my youth exploring the state's mountains and wilderness areas. I specialize in Environmental and Agricultural History, Science and Technology, the Great Plains, and Public History. My forthcoming book, Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aerial Spraying, and Health in North America's Grasslands since 1945, is an environmental-agricultural-technological history of aerial pesticide application, agricultural science and food production in North America’s grasslands. 

Phi Alpha Theta is a great organization providing opportunities for students to be recognized for their academic achievements in the discipline of History. 

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