The Benefits of Being in Αlpha Zeta Alpha
The first thought most of us have when we hear "Honor Society" is that it would be a great resume builder. Although this is true, Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) has much more to offer to its members. APS offers leadership and group organizational experience to those students interested in doing a little more. Each local chapter contains four elected officer positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer). The National Officers are elected annually at the National Convention. These positions are open to nomination of active members.
Adding to the benefits, APS sponsors an Annual Call for Papers competition in which students present papers pertaining to the criminal justice field. These papers are judged and awards are presented at the National Convention. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best undergraduate and graduate papers.
Several scholarship funds provide eligible students with the opportunity of receiving financial assistance. Applicants must apply through the National Office for the scholarship money.
Local Alpha Phi Sigma chapters can be as fulfilling an experience as its members decide it to be. The chapter can be a forum for guest speakers, organized trips, touring of facilities, and becoming involved in community service projects. Some examples of activities engaged in by WNMU's chapter include trips to prisons, law enforcement agencies and training facilities, crime labs, and criminal justice conferences. The chapter has also sponsored speakers from numerous criminal justice agencies. And the chapter conducts Identi-Kid twice a year in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Club.
For further information on scholarships, competitions, and conferences please visit the rewards and scholarships information at the national Alpha Phi Sigma website.
Criteria for Membership
Regular membership shall be limited to both undergraduate part-time and full-time students who have a minimum of a 3.2 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, who are in the top 35% of their class, have declared a major, minor or equivalent in the criminal justice or related field, have completed three full time semesters or its equivalent, and who are of good moral character.
Currently enrolled graduate students are eligible for membership based upon their undergraduate major or based upon their enrollment in a graduate program in Criminal Justice or related field. Graduate students shall have completed at least 12 hours of graduate work with a 3.4 grade-point average in their major, have a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade-point average, and be within the top 25% of their class. Upgrading these guidelines shall be at the discretion of the local chapters.
Contact Curtis Hayes through the WNMU Behavioral Sciences Deparmtent at (575) 538-6442 or by email at Curtis.Hayes@wnmu.edu for more membership information. For applications and information on Faculty, Honorary, Professional, and Alumni membership please refer to the by-laws at the Alpha Phi Sigma national website.