What does Sigma Iota Rho stand for?

Sigma stands for "synesis," meaning prudence, iota for "ideodoi," meaning ideals, and "rho" for "rhomi," meaning power.


What are the origins of Sigma Iota Rho ?

Please refer to the Origins tab, under About.


What is the individual membership fee?

National dues are $45 per member. This one time fee is to be paid to the National Office in an institutional check from the chapter's institution on behalf of all initiated members.


Who do I make the check out to?

The individual member should not send his or her check directly to the National Office, but rather the check should come from the chapter's school in the form of an institutional check along with the other new members of the chapter.  It should be made out to "The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and mailed to:


Sigma Iota Rho National Headquarters

255 South 36th Street

635 Williams Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305


Who is the President of Sigma Iota Rho?

Dr. Frank Plantan, Co-Director of the University of Pennsylvania's International Relations Program is the President of Sigma Iota Rho.


How do I get the membership packet to my chapter from the National Office in time for the induction?

In order to assure timely delivery, please contact us at least four weeks before the ceremony. In order to process your request, the national office requires the following materials:

  • Date of the ceremony

  • List of inductees (email and paper form)

  • Inductees’ contact information - link to spreadsheet

  • Inductees’ GPA in major

  • Single institutional check made out to the "The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" (no personal checks will be accepted)

When ready to send in, please email information to national@sigmaiotarho.org


As a new member, what do I receive?

Upon initiation, new members will receive a certificate of membership, Sigma Iota Rho pin, graduation cord, and a copy of the SIR publication: Journal of International Relations. Furthermore, SIR members will have access to internship and career databases, alumni relations and membership in one the world's most preeminent international relations honor societies.


How long does it take to get membership certificates from the national office?

If the previous steps are followed, it should take approximately 2 weeks to receive the packet.


How do I order merchandise?

Please see our Merchandise Section.


Does Sigma Iota Rho accept credit cards as a method of payment for purchasing merchandise?

As of now, SIR does not accept credit card payments when purchasing merchandise.  However, institutional and cashier checks and/or money orders will be accepted.


My chapter doesn't have a copy of the chapter handbook.  How can I acquire a replacement?

Please call or email the National Office: (215) 898-0452 / national@sigmaiotarho.org


What if I can't find the answer to my question on this page?

Please call or email the National Office: (215) 898-0452 / national@sigmaiotarho.org