Department of History

Phi Alpha Theta

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About Phi Alpha Theta

The Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, national history honor society, was founded in 2005. For more than a century, the University of Massachusetts Lowell has been educating students to work in the real-world, solve real problems and help real people. The University began as the Lowell Normal School, founded in 1894 to prepare students to become teachers, and the Lowell Textile School, founded in 1895 to train technicians and managers for the textile industry. Over the next 75 years, both institutions extended their offerings to meet the growing needs of the region. Lowell State and Lowell Tech, as they were then known, merged in 1975 to form the University of Lowell. In 1991, the campus became part of the University of Massachusetts system. The History Department offers a variety of courses in European, American, African, Latin American, and Asian history, from the ancient world to contemporary events. All full-time faculty (fourteen in 2013-14) hold a Ph.D. The department currently has about 150 undergraduate majors. 

In 2002, students founded a History Club to promote the study of History at UMass Lowell and to offer intellectual and social activities for faculty, students, and the local community. These have included Lincolnfest, graduation receptions, History symposiums, course fairs, trips to local conferences (e.g. New England Historical Association), fundraisers and so forth. In 2005, a number of students expressed an interest in establishing a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. The aim of the local chapter is to celebrate student achievement in the study of History and to encourage further historical study and research by both faculty and students. The Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter at UMass Lowell has been and continues to be working with the History Club and organizes several events to promote the discipline of History. In 2007, Alpha Mu Epsilon sponsored the New England Phi Alpha Theta Conference, and more recently has initiated its own History Symposium each spring


The UMass Lowell chapter of Phi Alpha Theta will host its annual induction ceremony on Monday, March 10, 2014, beginning at 5 p.m. (location TBD). Eligible applicants will be contacted by the PAT advisor, Prof. Abigail Chandler during the month of February.


The UMass Lowell chapter of Phi Alpha Theta will host its 2nd annual History Research Symposium on Tuesday, 9 April 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in Coburn Hall 307.  Nine members of PAT will present their current research in twenty-minute papers each. The event is free and open to the public. 


The UMass Lowell chapter of Phi Alpha Theta will host its annual induction ceremony on Monday, November 19 beginning at 5 p.m. (location TBD). Eligible applicants will be contacted by the PAT advisor, Prof. Abigail Chandler during the month of October.
Lauren Merrill will serve as the president of the Phi Alpha Theta chapter in 2012-2013.

Phi Alpha Theta 2012-2013 Inductees

William Boutet James P. Buckley Katherine A. DiTullio Eyripidis Giannakas
Gina M. Ippolito Emily G. Jarmolowicz William McAllister Simon M. Paonessa
Katheryn M. Shanteler Alex A. Temple Mila Marello-Veilleux Conor B. Westwater
Derek B. Winslow


Phi Alpha Theta, the History Department Honor Society, will host its annual induction ceremony on Monday, November 14, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. in Coburn 205. More than forty students have been invited to join the organization this year. The History Department is proud to sponsor this event again this year.

Prof. Abby Chandler is the new Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, effective September 2011. Please contact her via email, phone 978-934-4529, or in person at Coburn 107 to register for this event and for additional information about Phi Alpha Theta.

Phi Alpha Theta 2011-2012 Inductees

Irene Frances Cassidy Meghan A. Chapman Kelsey E. Flynn Neal J. Foley
Benjamin P. Guilfoyle Mary-Kathryn Hazel Ashley Lynn Jean Lauren T. Jean
Gregory M. Jones Michael T. Keegan Kimberly Irene Lapointe Ashley E. Long
Chistopher M. Lynch Lauren Susan Merrill Leah M. Pacheco Stephen M. Pingel
Caitlin E. Pinkham Kyle D. Quimby Brittany S. Relf Stephen C. Rotundi
Heidrun D. Ryan Charlotte Knowlton Tacito Paul J. Wetzonis


Phi Alpha Theta, the History Department honor society, will host its annual induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 4:00 to 5:30 in the afternoon. It will be held at Allen House on Solomont Way on South Campus (note new location). Family, friends, faculty, and students are welcome.

Phi Alpha Theta 2010-2011 Inductees

Kelly Dyment Robert Fleming Jonathan Zlotnik Kane Guthrie
Timothy Hire Eric Imbornone Ryan Gallagher Kelly Manning
Phillip Massa Ryan O'Keeffe Dan Sarsfield Constance Schere
Aaron Petruccelli

The current president of Alpha Mu Epsilon is Harrison Quinn.

For more information about this event, or about Phi Alpha Theta, please contact the Faculty Advisor, Professor Shehong Chen:

Tel: 978-934-4282



Congratulations to the following students! Based on their academic excellence, they were formally inducted into Phi Alpha Theta on Nov. 3, 2009.

Phi Alpha Theta Inductees 2009-2012

David M. Boyd Sarah J. Ciras Joshua E. Dallal Timothy-John Graceffa
Ryan J. Harrington Katie M. Harris Andrew M. Lariviere Dennis Jules Larocque, Jr.
Alan D. Lefebvre Maria A. Millet Stephanie L. Murphy Colleen M. O'Shaughnessy
Emery Brook Sears Justin Vigeant Scott Walfield