Recognition of Achievement: Membership in Alpha Phi Sigma designates an individual as an outstanding student of criminal justice and provides national recognition for academic excellence. This honor can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumes.
Career Growth: Alpha Phi Sigma is a springboard for professional growth. Opportunities are made available to members for promoting their research, receiving national recognition, meeting and interacting with leaders in the criminal justice field, as well as networking with other Alpha Phi Sigma members from other chapters.
Leadership Opportunities: Chapter membership facilitates leadership development, interaction with other students who have similar interests, and service to the university. The experience gained by working with Alpha Phi Sigma is valuable while a student is in college, as well as throughout his or her career.
Annual Scholarships and Awards: Alpha Phi Sigma provides opportunities for students to present research/papers and receive scholarships and other awards recognizing their accomplishments. Each year, the national office awards several cash scholarships to a member. Annual Awards of Excellence are also given to individual members, chapters, and officers.
Honor Regalia and National Newsletter: Members receive a membership certificate, lapel pin, and wallet card. A bi-annual national newsletter, The Docket, is also available to members on the Alpha Phi Sigma Web site. The newsletter reports on areas of concern to the criminal justice sciences and society at large. Chapters are encouraged to use the newsletter to publish their activities and events.
Annual Conference: The Alpha Phi Sigma national conference is held each year during the month of March. The conference is held in conjunction with the Academy of Criminal Justice Science and presents a wide range of programs and activities. Students have the opportunity to meet criminal justice professionals and students from other chapters. Members are encouraged to actively participate in the Alpha Phi Sigma conference activities.
Lifetime membership: Alpha Phi Sigma members enjoy the privilege of pursuing networking and career opportunities with other criminal justice professionals, as well as ongoing professional development, beyond their college graduation.
Specific information about the benefits of Alpha Phi Sigma membership can be found in the Alpha Phi Sigma Handbook, located on the Alpha Phi Sigma Web site http://www.alphaphisigma.org.