College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Get involved in student groups

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Explore the more than 60 student groups associated with the College of Science and Engineering and jump in!

What's in it for you?

  • Find your niche on campus
  • Follow your passions
  • Meet new friends who share your interests
  • Develop skills in teamwork, leadership, and fundraising
  • Add meaningful experience to your resume
  • Apply your technical skills in competition
  • Make a difference

Find a group

CSE Student groups fall into these categories. Find out more by clicking the link, or by going to University Student Groups.

In addition to the groups highlighted here, you can find more than 700 other options for general groups on campus through University Student Groups.


Actuary Club at the University of Minnesota
This group informs students about the actuary profession and helps them reach this career goal.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
This group promotes the profession of biomedical engineering and provides academic, professional, and social programs.

Korean Chemical Engineering Students Association (KemEnSA)
KemEnSA promotes and maintains a strong connection among those Korean students studying chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota, and helps students form study groups, provides information sessions for deeper understanding on chemical engineering, and share career information and graduate school information to form post-graduate plans.

Material Advantage (MA)
This group encourages members to increase their knowledge and exposure to materials science and engineering in both the academic and industry settings, explore opportunities outside the University in ways such as volunteering, competition and contests, touring businesses, and hosts social events with peers, professors, and other professional organizations.

Society of Physics Students (SPS)
SPS is both an academic and a social club that provides opportunities to network with other students who are interested in physics. Members come from many majors and backgrounds.

Soils and Water Resources Student Association (SWRSA)
This group brings together students with an interest in water-related environmental stewardship projects, through monthly tours of local, interesting water resources and soil sights.

University of Minnesota Geological Society (UMGS)
UMGS sponsors events to encourage students to become involved in the earth sciences community, and provides information about research opportunities and field experiences.

Student Competitions

Concrete Canoe 

Steel Bridge

Rocket Team

University of Minnesota Formula SAE - Gopher Motorsports

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project

Fraternities and Sororities

Alpha Chi Sigma–Beta Chapter (AXS)
AXS provides a fraternal organization for students in the chemical sciences. 

Alpha Sigma Kappa (ASK)
Supports women who are pursuing studies in technical fields including the sciences, math, engineering, and architecture.

Kappa Eta Kappa–Beta Chapter (KHK)
Professional co-ed engineering fraternity that focuses on professional and social events.

Theta Tau–Alpha Chapter
Provides a co-ed fraternal organization for engineering students; started here at the University over 100 years ago, Theta Tau is the nation’s oldest and foremost professional engineering fraternity.

Triangle Fraternity
Provides a fraternity for men majoring in architecture, engineering, and science.

Honor Societies

Chi Epsilon
Chi Epsilon is the only civil engineering honor society. There are currently 124 chapters at universities and college in the United States. 

Eta Kappa Nu - Omicron Chapter (HKN)
HKN elects and rewards outstanding students in electrical and computer engineering.

Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society
Pi Tau Sigma is the national honorary mechanical engineering society and is a member of the Associate of College Honor Societies. With 142 chapters installed, there are chapters at universities in almost every state of the United States.

Tau Beta Pi
This honor society elects outstanding engineering students. This is a nationally affiliated engineering honor society focused on academic excellence, public service, and fun.

Leadership and Special Interest

Active Energy Club (AEC)
AEC promotes awareness of alternative and conservation technologies. 

Building Engineering Technical Skills (BETS)
BETS helps bridge the gap between classwork and industry. Learn technical skills and gain exposure to resources not featured in the standard curriculum. Possible events will be workshops on SolidWorks, Matlab, and presentations from engineers working in industry.

Copter Club
Multi-rotor copters are one of the fastest growing flying hobby devices. This group builds copters that can execute specific maneuvers and autonomous flight. The group also seeks to further development into this new frontier of engineering.

CSE Ambassadors (CSEA)
CSEA members are undergraduate CSE students representing CSE by giving tours and speaking with prospective students. Members support new students, and help with K-12 outreach activities.

CSE International Ambassadors (Formerly IAESTE)
IAESTE helps students in technical fields find summer internships in foreign countries, and organizes a Buddy Program for international exchange students to help them feel at home at the University of Minnesota.

Engineering World Health (EWH)
This group provides members opportunities to participate in EWH activities such as designing novel medical technologies for developing countries, repairing broken medical equipment, and competing in a design competition.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
EWB partners with disadvantaged communities around the world, improving quality of life through engineered projects that prove environmentally and economically sustainable.

Future Leaders Aspiring in Science and Healthcare (FLASH)
FLASH members explore opportunities within the life sciences and healthcare industry on and off campus, and at the same time addresses various needs in the community.

Future Scientists Association (FSA)
FSA is dedicated to educating students interested in science with advanced level skills for research, including helping students getting involved in research, developing critical thinking and analysis skills through designing solutions to current scientific problems, and helping to find various post-bachelor opportunities to utilize the research skills.

GOFIRST (Group Organization for FIRST)
GOFIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build skills and inspire innovation and leadership.

The Innovation Association
Members of this group are both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying or working in product design. The goal is to connect students to resources that can help them develop academically and professionally.

Innovative Engineers
This group helps members develop engineering skills to address current environmental and energy problems, in projects like constructing a small-scale wind turbine.

Interdisciplinary Transportation Student Organization (ITSO)
ITSO provides career information and links together graduate students, undergraduate students, and transportation professionals.

MSTEM provides connections between underrepresented students, faculty and professionals from industry and research institutions to increase the number of students exposed to job, research opportunities, post baccalaureate, and graduate school programs.

Plumb Bob
This honorary leadership organization is responsible for planning, organizing, and overseeing the annual CSE Week events.

Science and Engineering Student Board (SESB)
SESB is the student government for the College of Science and Engineering. Members advocate for students and facilitates social and community involvement.

Teaching SMART
Teaching SMART (Science, Math And Research Technology) is a volunteer outreach program that connects university students to local elementary schools to teach children about mathematics, science and their technological applications. Both graduate and undergraduate students join from all disciplines.

Tesla Works
This group brings together engineering, law, and business students, to inspire and empower them to work together to invent, patent, and sell products. It provides members with hands-on engineering experience and real world problem solving skills.

Transfer Student League (TSL)
TSL helps transfer students make friends on campus through social events ranging from bowling, karaoke, and movies, to attending sporting events, concerts, and museums.

Truth in Science and Engineering (TiSE)
This Christian-based group is for students interested in science and engineering to come together in order to discuss and resolve issues pertinent to their education and faith.

Undergraduate Consulting Club (UCC)
UCC is an organization of students interested in pursuing careers in consulting. This club offers a diverse array of members ranging from engineering and business to information technology and liberal arts.

University Mad Scientists
University Mad Scientists fosters the growth of relationships and teamwork skills of its members through creative building projects in which members can create and collaborate.

Professional Organizations

American Chemical Society (ACS)
ACS helps students interested in chemistry and the chemical sciences interact and network while providing social and outreach events aimed at promoting chemistry on and off campus. 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES builds community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values and supports students in science, engineering and other fields.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
AIAA provides a social and academic community for students in the aerospace engineering program.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
AIChE helps chemical engineering students with class scheduling, employment, and provides social events.

American Public Works Association – UMN Student Chapter (formerly MPWA)
This group informs students of career choices within Public Works and facilitates internships, full time placement, scholarships, career building, networking, speakers, technical tours, and provides overall career assistance to the student.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
ASABE promotes directly and indirectly the interests of the students in biosystems and bioproducts engineering, particularly as these interests relate to professional advancement.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Student Chapter at the University of Minnesota
ASCE offers students the opportunity to interact with practicing engineers and broaden their education and career opportunities by attending social, technical, and professional events.

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
ASHRAE advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration through research, standards writing, publishing, and continuing education.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME promotes and enhances technical competency and professional well-being of members through programs and activities in mechanical engineering.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
This student chapter of ACM advances the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
EERI is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators. The group sponsors undergraduate teams to compete at national seismic design competitions.

ECE Women in Engineering
This group will help women in electrical and computer engineering connect, and will promote women in engineering for the CSE Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences)
INFORMS Student Chapter at UMN is devoted to building a bridge between operations research and the management sciences professionals and students at UMN by organizing various events on campus.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE provides students with networking opportunities, presentations by engineering firms, jobs fair, tutorials, and social events.

Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE)
MSPE provides information on professional examinations and helps students form study groups to prepare.

National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE)
NOBE is a national society uniting business, management, and engineering organizations from universities nationwide that strives to produce and refine leadership internally and develop professional skills in members that can be translated into success in the business world.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
This group works to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
This group encourages interdepartmental relations for students with mathematics, engineering, and the sciences. Events include visits to research laboratories and talks with leaders in applied mathematics.

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)
SME promotes an interest in mining, metallurgy, mineral exploration, earth resources, and related fields.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
SASE is dedicated to the advancement of scientists and engineers of Asian heritage in education and employment to achieve their full career potential.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
SAE gives students the opportunity to apply classroom training and knowledge through real world, practical applications.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science, and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity, and social equity.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE supports and encourages women in science and engineering fields through leadership opportunities, outreach experiences, community involvement, and professional development.

TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) or
This group fosters interaction between bioproducts engineering students through informal meetings, BBQs, field trips, etc. and improves industry connections by arranging seminars and field trips to bioproducts companies. Members may participate in sponsored trips to national meetings, contributions to a student newsletter, or through outreach activities.

US Association of Energy and Economics (USAEE)
USAEE provides programming on issues and economics related to the energy industry.