Lambda Alpha Honor Society

Lambda Alpha is the national honors organization for anthropology. SUNY-New Paltz’s chapter of Lambda Alpha is Rho of New York, and has been active since 2011.

Benefits of Lambda Alpha Membership

  • Membership in a national honors organization is beneficial for your resume.
  • This is a lifetime membership, and you may list it among your honors/affiliations indefinitely.
  • Members of Lambda Alpha may submit their work for publication in the national Journal.
  • The National Executive Office provides sizable scholarships each year to two outstanding undergraduate members nationally.
  • Members may purchase cloisonnĂ© tack pins with Lambda Alpha emblem ($10) or satin stoles for academic gowns ($25) to wear at Commencement.

Membership Requirements

  • You must be a currently enrolled junior or senior
  • You must have taken a minimum of 21 credits of Anthropology classes (approximately seven courses).
  • You must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative overall GPA, and a major GPA of at least 3.5.

Joining Lambda Alpha

  • All anthropology majors who have been confirmed for Anthropology Honors may join Lambda Alpha. 
    (Click here to learn about applying for Anthropology Honors.)
  • There is a once-only lifetime membership fee of $25.00 (includes certificate and membership card).


If you have any questions about Lambda Alpha, please contact the Anthropology Honors Coordinator (currently Prof. Junge,