Honors and Awards

Phi Sigma Tau - International Honor Society in Philosophy

Phi Sigma Tau

Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy. This organization is for students who have taken at least two Philosophy courses and who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Phi Sigma Tau offers fantastic professional activities and networking opportunities at our regular events.

To find our more about our chapter, please contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at mshepherd@misericordia.edu.

To find out more about Phi Sigma Tau, please visit their website https://phi-sigma-tau.org.

Sarah Gill Award

The Sarah Gill Award for Excellence in Philosophy and Literature is given to a graduating senior who has double majored in Philosophy and English and has demonstrated excellence and creativity in connecting the disciplines of literature and philosophy.

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Living Philosophy Aspen Award

The aspen tree grows in large colonies, derived from a single seedling. Root sprouts extend outward over a hundred feet from the parent tree to produce new stems, new trees, new life.

While each tree can live for 150 years, the root system lasts much, much longer. In some cases, an aspen tree forest can outlast its parent tree by tens of thousands of years.

The Living Philosophy Aspen Award is given to a graduating philosophy major who has, like a single aspen tree seedling, grown and reached out to create a forest of living and enduring ideas, changing the landscape forever, and creating footpaths for future generations to walk.

The recipient of the Aspen Award must be a graduating senior who, at the time of graduation, has not only completed the major program in philosophy, but has also completed the major program in at least one other discipline, and who has done one or both of the following: 1) minored in a third discipline in addition to the double major, 2) worked extensively to publically promote philosophy and philosophical thinking in extracurricular venues.

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at

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