Student Organizations

FSWSO: Family Science and Social Work Student Organization

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Elise Radina

FSWSO is open to all Miami students interested in increasing their knowledge of and experience with the fields of Family Science and Social Work. Being an active member includes regular attendance of monthly meetings and participation in campus and community events, programs, and activities.

Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society

Faculty Advisors: Angela Curl and Amy Roberts

Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. The Miami Tau Psi Chapter is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Students are eligible for membership after achieving the national requirements. 

Undergraduate students must have:

  • Declared Social Work as a Major
  • Achieved Sophomore status
  • Completed 9 semester hours of required social work courses
  • Achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Achieved a 3.25 GPA in required social work courses

Graduate students must have:

  • Completed one term of course work
  • Achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale

If you are interested in becoming a member, please email Dr. Angela Curl for application materials.

Phi Upsilon Omicron: Family & Consumer Sciences Honor Society

Faculty Advisors: Elise Radina and Sharon Custer

PhiU recognizes the top scholars within various programs at Miami include Family Science, Nutrition, and Early Childhood Education. Members are invited to participate in leadership activities and service projects designed to support families across the lifespan in various capacities. Scholarships and awards are also available to active PhiU members. Membership is based on scholarship, leadership, character and service.

To become a member of PhiU you must:

  • Major in a program affiliated with Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Complete at least 6 credit hours in family and consumer sciences courses and a minimum of 36 total credits
  • Have a GPA within the top 20% of your major

Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student shall be eligible to be a collegiate member of a chapter if the individual: 

  • has completed a minimum of 36 semester hours, 50 quarter hours, or the equivalent. The Hours must include 6 hours of course work in areas including, but not limited to, those recognized by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • is majoring in family and consumer sciences or one of its related areas in an institution where a chapter is established;
  • ranks not lower than the highest thirty-five percent of their class in general scholarship.
  • exhibits the potential for professional and community leadership;
  • demonstrates a spirit of service; and,
  • exemplifies character through personal integrity and professional attitude. 

Transfer Students

A transfer student shall become eligible for membership after the completion of one semester or two quarters and after meeting eligibility requirements. A review of the individual’s cumulative record of scholarship, leadership, and character must be made. 

Graduate Students

A graduate student enrolled in family and consumer sciences or related area shall be eligible for membership if the individual: 

  • has completed 12 semester hours or its equivalent in courses in family and consumer sciences and related areas.
    • The student is not required to hold a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences but may have earned the degree in an allied area.
    • The student may or may not have come from an institution where there is a collegiate chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc.
  • has submitted their undergraduate record for evaluation and it shows that the student's scholarship meets the requirements for membership.
  • have a graduate record minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. It is also of utmost importance, especially for those students who do not have a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences, to determine their potential leadership, interest in, and dedication to the field of family and consumer sciences.