The University of Arkansas at Monticello chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society has been selected to receive the National Best Chapter Award for the fifth consecutive year.

Chapters are judged on their activities during the previous year, the academic achievement of student members, service projects, and new programs. The UAM chapter was selected from colleges and universities with enrollments between 3,000 and 6,000.

As part of the award, the chapter will receive a grant to purchase books for UAM’s Taylor Library and Technology Center.

“To win this award five times in a row is an outstanding achievement,” said Dr. Clint Young, assistant professor of history and faculty co-advisor of the UAM chapter.  “Only a few chapters in Phi Alpha Theta history have achieved such a distinction. We’re proud that our students can compete on this level with students and chapters from around the country.”

Notable activities during the past year included chapter members presenting papers at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and the national conference in Orlando, Fla.  Chapter members also brought the public display, “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” to the UAM campus while serving as interpretive guides for regional school and civic groups.

Phi Alpha Theta was founded at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1921 and today has more than 900 chapters and 300,000 members at colleges and universities across the country. Members must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on at least 12 semester hours in history. The UAM chapter was founded in 2007 and is comprised of 42 students and six faculty members.