The Global Urban Studies program of Rutgers University-Newark hosts a chapter of Upsilon Sigma, the international urban studies honor society sponsored by the Urban Affairs Association.

Seal with a building and Greek letters Upsilon and Sigma written underneath.  The ring around this image has the following text: The Urban Studies Honor Society Scholarship Leadership Engagement


The chapter was created to encourage student development, leadership, and academic achievement in urban studies, raising opportunities to:

  • Enhance students’ experiences as well as their CVs
  • Give students the chance to lead and manage the institution in the ways they see fit
  • Foster an inclusive, supportive, and diverse community of GUS students
  • Network with other urban studies scholars and professionals by planning and engaging in scholarly events with other academic institutions and organizations invested in advancing urban studies and/or solving urban issues
  • Encourage and engage in ethical and responsible behavior
  • Participate in activities that serve the public good and enhance the well-being of urban communities

The chapter is completely led and governed by students which gives them freedom to lead and manage the chapter in the ways they see fit and that would help them the most. Upsilon Sigma is intended to grow together with the Global Urban Studies program, granting students independence to participate in the cultivation of our rich and diverse scholarly community.


Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to become a member of the Upsilon Sigma chapter are:

1- A GPA of at least 3.7 overall, and
2- Completion of at least 50% of the required coursework

Additionally, induction into Upsilon Sigma requires a one-time $35 fee.


Past Events

“Applying for Funding: A Workshop for GUS with GradFund”. October, 29, 2020.

"Building an Online Academic Presence" with Professors Janice Gallagher and Raúl Pacheco-Vega. November 24, 2020.