Student Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma

Psi Chi

Behavioral Sciences Club

Alpha Phi Sigma

Criminology students may have the opportunity to become members of the only nationally recognized criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma. Affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences [ACJS] since 1976, Alpha Phi Sigma promotes scholarly achievement in criminology and the criminal justice sciences. Its national conference is held in conjunction with the annual meetings of ACJS.

A number of student scholarship opportunities are available through Alpha Phi Sigma, and the organization sponsors annual student paper competitions for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about these opportunities, visit the Alpha Phi Sigma website at

Membership Requirements:

Undergraduates and graduate students, as well as those with a juris doctorate, may be eligible for membership in Alpha Phi Sigma. To determine eligibility, please refer to the following requirements.

  • Students must be declared criminology majors, must be seeking a minor in the discipline, or must be enrolled in law school.
  • Students must have completed one-third of their total hours required for graduation.
  • Students must be recommended to the national organization by the chapter advisor.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students must have completed four classes in criminology. Students in law school must have completed one academic year of coursework.
  • Undergraduates must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and a GPA of 3.2, on a 4.0 scale, in all criminology courses. Graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Those in law school must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

If more information about Drury University's Alpha Phi Sigma chapter, please contact the chapter advisor, Dr. Jennie Long by phone at 417.873.6985 or by email at

Psi Chi

Drury University has an active and award-winning chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. To become a member of Psi Chi, students must meet certain eligibility requirements such as a minimum number of psychology courses taken and a high level of academic performance. More information about Psi Chi can be found at

Dr. Valerie Eastman and Dr. Mary Utley are co-sponsors of the Psi Chi chapter at Drury. The chapter usually meets twice a month in conjunction with the Behavioral Sciences Club.

Induction ceremonies are held twice each year, once during fall semester and once during spring semester. The application deadline for fall semester is September 15; the application deadline for spring semester is February 15. Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Valerie Eastman.

During academic year 2007-08, 18 students were inducted into Drury University's award-winning chapter of Psi Chi.

Fall 2007 Inductees

Katie Cash, Lauren Cunningham, Megan Faith, Kelly Forsythe, Kristy Harrison, Ashley Na'ayem, Casey Parnell, Cammie Ruble, and Aimee Weydeck

Spring 2008 Inductees

Nathan Crumm, Jessica Maurer, Sarah McMahan, Amanda Meyer, Chloe Moushey, Temitope Orenuga, Sarah Owens, Maria Rettinger, and Ashley Vance.

New officers for 2008-09 are:

  • President: Lauren Cunningham
  • Vice President: Nathan Crumm
  • Secretary: Temitope Orenuga

Downloadable application form

Past Psi Chi activities have included:

  • guest speakers in the areas of forensic psychology, correctional psychology, and occupational therapy
  • fundraisers for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, American Red Cross, Ozarks Food Harvest, and Habitat for Humanity
  • presentations about psychology to fifth graders at a local elementary school
  • regular participation in the Southeastern Psychological Association annual conference
  • fun events such as visits to the local corn maze and movie night

For information about Psi Chi, please contact Dr. Valerie Eastman at or Dr. Mary Utley at .

Behavioral Sciences Club

The Behavioral Sciences Club at Drury University is open to all students with an interest in psychology, criminology, and/or sociology. The club meets twice a month in conjunction with Psi Chi. Activities include:

•  guest speakers
•  volunteer work with local non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity
•  regular participation in the Southeastern Psychological Association annual conference
•  social events

For more information about the Behavioral Sciences Club, contact the faculty advisors, Dr. Mary Utley at or Dr. Valerie Eastman at .