Sigma Iota Rho, Beta Chi Chapter (The Honor Society for International Studies)
Sigma Iota Rho aims to promote and reward scholarship and
service among students and practitioners of international studies
and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of
world affairs. The goal of the IR Honor Society is to create a
productive atmosphere of international relations on campus, in the
community, and in the world at large through activities and
initiatives related to international affairs.
The Tufts University Beta Chi Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho was selected
as the recipient of the 2017
Chapter Spotlight Award.
Eligibility requirements per the Constitution for Beta Chi Chapter include:
- 3.30 overall GPA
- 3.60 IR major GPA
- Completion of seven (7) IR major courses
- Completion of two upper-level courses
- Active leadership or interest in IR
Members are selected twice per year through an application process administered by the IR Program.
Eligible students will be invited via
email to apply. Members of Sigma Iota Rho may also serve as
Rho Officers on the IR Student Advisory Board.
IR Student Advisory Board (IRSAB)
The IR Student Advisory Board is an elected representative student body
who will take the lead in fostering an intellectual community for those
interested in IR as well as to liaise with the IR Program's leadership and
staff and to serve as a communications conduit as well as a sounding board
between IR majors and core faculty members.
Members of the IR Student Advisory Board are to be comprised of elected Sigma
Iota Rho officers and several elected at-large members of the IR student
community. The election process takes place annually, at the start of the fall semester.
Members are selected once per year.
IR Student Advisory Board Members 2018-2019:
President: Yuan Jun (YJ) Chee - A19
History and International Relations (East and Southeast Asia)
In addition to his role as IRSAB President, Yuan Jun (YJ) Chee serves as the Director of Tufts Sino-US
Relations Group Engagement (SURGE) and the Executive Sports Editor of the
Tufts Daily. Having enjoyed engaging with so many different perspectives at
Tufts, YJ views his position on the IRSAB as a way of giving back to the
university community. He aims to provide a platform for student conversations
that often struggle to find prominence on campus and believes that the most
fundamental mission of IRSAB is being attentive to the concerns and requests of
fellow members of the IR community.
Vice President: Ria Mazumdar – A19
Quantitative Economics and International Relations (International Economics-Development)
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Taking advantage of the IR Program's support for students interested in research and funding
opportunities, IRSAB Vice President Ria Mazumdar has enrichened her
undergraduate experience through short research trips to Kenya, Morocco,
Ecuador, Israel and the West Bank, and a year studying politics and economics at
Oxford. In her role on the IRSAB, she intends to work to further expand
resources for all IR students as well as liaise with faculty and student groups
to host speakers, debates, career-related events, and more. Ria's primary goal
is to solidify the relationships within the Tufts IR community and provide more
opportunities for students to exchange ideas and explore their interests.
Secretary: Siddharth Divakaruni – A19
International Relations (International Security)
Hometown: Munster, Indiana
Throughout his time at Tufts, Siddharth Divakaruni has worked to build
stronger relationships between IR students and faculty and provide opportunities
and resources in support of less popular thematic concentrations. His experience
working with organizations such as the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) highlighted
the potential for developing relationships in order to expand and enrich the IR community. As
IRSAB Secretary, Siddharth aims to increase opportunities for IR students from
all concentrations to get the most out of their Tufts experience.
At-large Member: Alara Hanci – A19
Peace and Justice Studies, and International Relations (United States in World Affairs)
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Intending to study psychology when she first arrived at Tufts, Alara Hanci's recognition of the
array of career possibilities within the field of international relations was
transformed through her interactions with the Tufts IR community. Now a senior
double majoring in International Relations and Civic Studies, Alara hopes to
engage with students interested in studying IR and help them find the same
guidance that she found at Tufts, which ultimately led her to her current course
of study. As an At-large member, Alara is particularly excited to utilize her
skills in community outreach in a more academic setting.
At-large Member: Eva Kahan – A19
History and International Relations (Middle East and South Asia)
Hometown: Mountain View, California
At-large member Eva Kahan has played an active part in the IR Program since her first year at Tufts.
Motivated by the lack of university mechanisms to encourage diverse enrollment,
Eva wants to continue building connections with organizations on campus like the
Fletcher's Women in International Security network in order to inspire
underrepresented students to pursue their interests in IR. Also involved in
ALLIES, an IGL-sponsored undergraduate organization dedicated to improving
civil-military relations, Eva seeks to enhance ties across programs to further
and better serve the IR community.
At-large Member: Michael Olesberg – A19
German Studies and International Relations (International Security)
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Active in the Tufts IR community outside of the classroom, At-large IRSAB member
Michael Olesberg has experience working with the IGL's EPIIC and ALLIES programs
and currently serves as marketing director of Sino-US Relations Group Engagement
(SURGE). Having chosen to come to Tufts with the International Relations program
specifically in mind, he hopes to give back to the program so its excellence
will continue to draw students.