Lambda Alpha Honors Society

The Department of Anthropology hosts the Eta chapter of Kentucky of Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology.

Established in 1968, Lambda Alpha is a national honor society founded to promote the study of anthropology.  The name Lambda Alpha is composed of the initial letters of the Greek words
Logos Anthropou, meaning "the study of humans".  The LA chapter of UofL works closely with the Anthropological Student Association to plan anthropology-related student events and activities on campus and in the community.

As an honor society, Lambda Alpha acknowledges superiority and provides incentives for exceptional performance by granting certificates of accomplishment.  To be eligible, students must have:

  • completed at least 12 credit hours in anthropology
  • have an anthropology GPA of 3.0, and
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5

For more information on Lambda Alpha and the benefits of membership, please visit the National Office website.

Our chapter accepts new members once a year in the fall semester.  If you meet the membership requirements and would like to join, please see Paula Huffman in Lutz Hall, room 230.

You will need to provide proof of your eligibility (a copy of your transcript with the calculation of your anthropology and cumulative GPA), complete a membership card, and pay your lifetime membership fee of $25. For an additional $25, you may also order a Lambda Alpha honor stole that may be worn with your graduation gown, or for $10, you may order a Lambda Alpha lapel pin.

Once you have completed your membership card and submitted your membership fee, Dr. Jianhua Zhao, the faculty sponsor for our Lambda Alpha chapter will confirm your qualifications and submit your application to the National Office.