Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Spring Applications for Alpha Phi Sigma Accepted until Feb 16

Image result for alpha phi sigmaAlpha Phi Sigma is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society founded in 1942. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of Undergraduate and Graduate students of Criminal Justice, as well as Juris Doctorate students.  The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity (  The CCJS faculty advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma is Dr. Laure Brooks.

Membership Requirements:

  • Applicants must be CCJS majors 
  • Must have completed at least 40 total credits, with at least 12 credits in CCJS courses
  • Students must have attended UMD for at least one full semester
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and a minimum CCJS major GPA of a 3.40

To Apply:
Applicants must fill out the application, submit an unofficial transcript, and a check (personal is fine) made out to Alpha Phi Sigma for $55.00 ($50 of which goes to the National fee and $5 goes to the local chapter).  Students should place the completed application, transcript and check in Dr. Brooks' mailbox inside Lefrak Hall room 2220. Applications  for Spring 2017 are due by 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

It generally takes a few months to get official acceptance.  Once a student has been accepted, he or she will receive a certificate and pin.  The application can be found on the Alpha Phi Sigma national website at student membership application.  The name of the local chapter is Omega Iota.

If you submit to Dr. Stickle by Wednesday Feb. 15 I will make sure they are deliver to College Park by the deadline.

Here is the information you need to calculate GPA.  Unfortunately, AlphaPhi Sigma requires that the GPA include calculations from all post-secondary institutions.  So you will need to calculate your cumulative GPA and major GPA since UMCP does not include transfer GPAs in their calculations.  Here is what you need to know to calculate:

A=4 quality points per credit (3 credits=12 quality points)
B=3 quality points per credit (3 credits=9 quality points)
C=2 quality points per credit (3 credits=6 quality points)
D=1 quality point per credit (3 credits=3 quality points)

GPA = (sum of quality points) / (number of total credits)

Use only letter grades—plus and minuses do not count right now. 

You will use the same formula for both the cumulative and major GPA.  For cumulative GPA, refer to the Course History in your student audit (U Achieve).  You will need to calculate the GPA using all courses included in the course history, except for courses you are registered for but have not taken.  Alternatively you can use your transcript.  The nice thing about U Achieve is that it tells you which classes you are using from your transfer institution. 

For the major GPA, you can look at the same place in U Acheive but only include CCJS coursesYou can also look at the Major GPA tab under your audit results.  It won't be an accurate GPA there but it will give you the list of courses to include in calculating your GPA.

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