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Among the many opportunities for Trinity University philosophy students is participation in the student-led Philosophy Club. Students are also encouraged to apply for membership in the international philosophy honor society, Phi Sigma Tau. Each year the department sends out a campus-wide call for submissions for the Hemlock Award, a competition for the best student philosophical essay.

Trinity University Philosophy Club

All Trinity students interested in philosophy are welcome to attend Philosophy Club meetings.

The student-led group meets regularly for philosophical discussions and to socialize with other students interested in philosophy. Students choose discussion topics and regularly invite philosophy faculty to lead discussions on these topics. Philosophy students from the Club are often invited to join visiting Trinity guest philosophers for lunch discussions and to assist with a variety of departmental events.

Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society

The International Honor Society for Philosophers Trinity University Texas Zeta Chapter (Established 1986)

Membership Fees & Requirements

For more information about applying for membership to the Trinity University Texas Zeta Chapter of ΦΣΤ, please contact Damian Caluori at dcaluori [at]

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society—Epsilon of Texas Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. As Chapter President Richard Butler has noted, it is probably the only academic distinction that will still be on most people's résumés twenty years after graduation.

Annual Hemlock Award for Best Philosophical Essay

Each spring, in recognition of outstanding philosophical achievement and in honor of our former colleague, John Murphy, the Department of Philosophy hosts the Hemlock Award competition for best philosophical essay.

Essay submissions are customarily selected by department members from student essays received in class. However, the contest is open to any Trinity student who wishes to submit a philosophical essay.

To be considered, the Department of Philosophy must receive your essay by the date specified early in the spring term. The winner(s) will be announced at the annual Honors Awards Convocation held during Spring Family Weekend.

Please contact the Department of Philosophy; Ext. 8305, if you have further questions. We encourage you to enter this contest, and look forward to receiving your essay.