Student Organizations


SPRUCE: Social and Psychological Research for Understanding Crime Etiology

This laboratory conducts applied research on the psychological and developmental risk factors
for criminal behavior and recidivism, develops evidence-based tools and training for law enforcement, and engages USF students ​in the research development, data collection, and implementation process.

Along with 25+ undergraduate and graduate students, SPRUCE lab has conducted research
in collaboration with law enforcement agencies across Florida to collect data and produce quality research on forensic psychology, policing, risk factors for crime/recidivism, and more. SPRUCE lab provides USF students the opportunity to be engaged in applied research on criminal psychology and policing, and serves as an outlet for ​agencies to partner with on research, data analysis, and grant applications.

Interested in joining SPRUCE lab? Check out their website for more information.

criminology club 

The Criminology program on the Sarasota-Manatee campus sponsors a Criminology Club, open to students of all majors and minors. The club meets regularly during the year and sponsors a variety of activities and events, including an annual Criminal Justice Career Fair and an annual Murder Mystery Dinner. The club also provides support for members to attend professional conferences to present their research and network with scholars and practitioners in the field.  

Alpha Phi Sigma

The Sarasota-Manatee campus hosts a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honors Society. Membership is open to Criminology majors and minors who attain a 3.2 GPA at the undergraduate level and a 3.4 GPA as graduate students.