About Us




Iranian Student Association (ISA) is a non-religious and non-political organization with the following goals:

  • To provide an interactive environment for students of Iranian heritage at Penn State.
  • To offer social and cultural programs intended to familiarize the University community with Iranian traditions.

ISA organizes several events each year among which Nowruz (the Persian New Year) is the largest and most important one. Noe-Rooz begins at the time of the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, and ISA usually holds its Noe-Rooz event in late March. Yalda Night is another yearly event that is held on the longest night of the year. In addition to these two major events, ISA holds several other events, including parties, picnics, outdoor, and sports activities. For more information about recent or upcoming ISA events, please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Social Media.

ISA was founded in 1996 with only 8 active members. Its membership grew to about 20 in 2002. Over the past decade, the number of Iranian students at Penn State has increased substantially. Currently, ISA has more than 20 active members who are mostly graduate students. For the most recent list of active members, you may refer to here. Throughout these years, ISA has been fortunate to benefit from significant support from a growing number of associate members including Penn State faculty, staff, alumni, and Iranian locals. Community support has been instrumental in the rapid growth of ISA and the successful execution of its programs.

To request membership, please Contact Us.

Current Officers:


Mohammad Shahhosseini
Master of Fine Arts
mzs926 @ psu.edu

Vice President (I)

Shahrad Shakerian
Ph.D. in the Architectural Engineering
sqs6689 @ psu.edu

Vice President (II)

Elham Hajesmaeili
Ph.D. in Art Education
eqh5219 @ psu.edu


Fahime Farhadi
Master of Landscape Architecture
fxf76 @ psu.edu


Soheil Khadir
Ph.D. in Computer Science
szk921 @ psu.edu



  • Social Media: Shahrad Shakerian and Mohammad Shahhosseini
  • Persian Literature Club: Farnaz Tehranchi
  • Hiking Club: Yalda Fazlalizadeh
  • Docunight: Mohammad Shahhosseini

Active Members:

Active members are full-time students currently registered at the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University, who agree to abide by the ISA Constitution and pay the club’s annual membership dues.
If you are interested in becoming an active member, please pay the current active membership fee ($5) to one of the officers in cash or use the Online Donation Link. Feel free to contact ISA (psu.isa@gmail.com) for further information.
Directors include all interested individuals who agree to abide by the ISA Constitution and would like to organize an activity such as sport, art, and social. Directors’ active membership fee will be waived. Please contact ISA (psu.isa@gmail.com) if you are interested.

Active Membership Benefits

Former Officers:

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