Members receive recognition as distinguished students and members of one of the largest college honor societies in the world. All new members receive from their campus advisor a membership certificate suitable for framing and the Alpha Chi key, a recognition lapel pin. Most chapters hold in-person and/or virtual induction ceremonies at which those items are presented and recognize members at graduation with Alpha Chi honors regalia.
Through involvement in local chapters and at the regional and national level, members have many opportunities to practice being a leader. Lead your campus chapter and practice project planning, public speaking, organizational development, and fundraising.
Members may easily access Alpha Chi’s publications online. The online, peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, Aletheia, gives members a chance to publish original research and creative work. Information on how to submit work for publication in Aletheia can be found at Getting Published. Additionally, Kalo, Alpha Chi's annual member community magazine, offers further publication opportunities for all members. The Kalo submission process can be found on the Submissions page.
Members are invited to attend annual national conventions, where they may present scholarly or creative work, network, and participate in civic and social events. Top student presenters receive cash prizes endowed by alumni and friends of the society. Active chapters are also eligible to receive travel and housing grants so that more students have the opportunity to participate in our conventions.
Through Alpha Chi's partnership with Ambition In Motion, currently enrolled student members, recent graduates, and alumni can connect for mentoring. The 2023 Fall semester mentoring program begins September 26. Signups will begin in December for the Spring semester.
Individual member accomplishments and the activities of our bustling chapters feature prominently across our social media channels. Members will find that participating in the national convention each spring is a dynamic avenue to collaborate with other members across academic disciplines, build a scholarly network, and make life-long connections. Membership in Alpha Chi and engagement in the different opportunities available to you will stand out on resumes and graduate school applications. Members increase their networking opportunities by adding their Alpha Chi membership to their resumes and connecting with Alpha Chi on LinkedIn.
Subject to policies of the chapter and the institution, members may receive special recognition at graduation by wearing Alpha Chi honor cords, stoles, or medallions.
Members receive special offers or discounts from Alpha Chi’s official partners, including exclusive discounts through our partnership with HP, test preparation services from The Princeton Review, and exclusive worldwide hotel and car rental discounts. Through Alpha Chi’s membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, our members are also eligible for stipends for summer internships and academic seminars offered by these ACHS partners: Washington Internship Institute, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and The Fund for American Studies.
Membership in an ACHS-certified member society carries with it a tangible acknowledgment of merit for Federal employment. As long as the applicant meets the requirements as described in the job announcement, honor society membership may fulfill one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal Service. Alpha Chi membership is one of three methods by which a student can be recognized as having achieved Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) along with their Bachelor’s degree.