We are changing our plans for the Lambda Pi Eta UMSL Chapter’s new member recruitment process. COVID-19 has caused the campus to shift to remote teaching and working, and Illinois (which is where the people who supply the honor society's membership materials is located) is under a stay-at-home order. Due to this situation, please note the following changes: 

  • The deadline for submitting application is extended to April 15, 2020.
  • We will not collect membership fees until the Honor Society's headquarters is back up and running and ready to ship membership materials, and we know we have a way to get those materials to you.  Do not pay your membership fees until Dr. Suahn Cho, the Chapter Advisor, contacts you to make a payment.
  • Submitting your application now does not obligate you to join and pay membership fees.  You can change your mind about joining later. 
  • We're watching for news from campus about plans for commencement ceremonies, and will be seeking to coordinate with those plans as they develop in regards to distributing honor cords to go with graduation gowns. For example, if they find it safest postpone graduation ceremonies to later in the year, we'd seek to get you honor cords in time for the postponed ceremony.  

If you have questions, please contact me [chosj@umsl.edu]. 

Please stay safe.

Dr. Cho 

Lambda Pi Eta

The Honor Society of the National Communication Association

Rho Chi Chapter @ UMSL


Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), ΛΠΕ has nearly 420 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide. Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. Lambda Pi Eta became a part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995. Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion, and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics. Rho Chi, the official chapter of Lambda Pi Eta at the University of Missouri at St. Louis was founded in the fall semester of 2004.



To become a member, students must:

  1. be a Communication or Media Studies major or minor

  2. have completed at least 60 semester hours total

  3. have completed at least 12 semester hours in communication or media studies

  4. have a cumulative GPA of 3.25

  5. have a communication/media studies GPA of 3.25



Spring 2020 Application Deadline: April 15 

If a student meets the eligibility criteria, s/he must first complete an official Permanent Record of Election fillable form and save it and email it to the chapter advisor Dr. Suahn Cho at chosj@umsl.edu. Then, a one-time membership fee of $55 must be paid using a debit or credit card with PayPal.


Students who are accepted for membership will receive a certificate of initiation, an emblem of membership and honors cords to be worn during the commencement ceremony.


Benefits of Membership

Student members shall be eligible to:

  1. Attend scholarly presentations and colloquia of the sponsoring academic department
  2. Represent the local chapter at state, regional, and national conventions
  3. Submit to the LPH research paper sessions at NCA’s Annual Convention (undergraduates only)
  4. Participate in LPH social media efforts via Linked-In, Facebook and Twitter
  5. Compete for various LPH national awards.

For more information: https://www.natcom.org/student-organizations/lambda-pi-eta


Contact the Advisor:

Dr. Suahn Cho is the Advisor of Rho Chi.