I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that the most growth I’ve had as a person and professionally has been through my involvement in student organizations. A lot of students just do classwork and go home. The classes are definitely very valuable. But through my extra-curricular activities I’ve learned event planning, design, project management, leadership, and it’s the main way I have made friends. People who do home-work and go home don’t get that extra experience.Justin Babcock, BCE 2022
The thing I like most [...] is how you can get involved outside of the classroom — being able to join the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and relate to other Hispanics within engineering such as myself or joining civil engineering student groups and relating to and meeting people that are going to eventually fill up the civil engineering workplace with me.Diego DeBout, Civil Engineering
Several student-run groups offer opportunities for CEGE undergraduate and graduate students to socialize, network, learn about engineering jobs and companies, and get involved in professional activities.
American Public Works Association (APWA)
Public works or municipal engineering includes transportation engineering, road design, bridge design, stormwater engineering, waste/wastewater treatment and distribution, and urban planning. The APWA student group provides information about career choices within public works; facilitates internships, jobs, and scholarships; and offers career building events, networking, speakers, and technical tours.
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"APWA is a great way to network with peers and professionals in a laidback environment!"
— Olivia Polinsky, Civil Engineering, Class of 2020
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-Of-Way Association (AREMA)
Our purpose is to explore and learn about railroads and engineering-related jobs in the railroad industry.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
ASCE helps organize the annual steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions, holds brown-bag sessions during the school year, and is involved in social and professional outreach activities.
CEGE Student Ambassadors
The CEGE Student Ambassadors is a K-12 outreach group that conducts events for visiting schools or students, including building tours and hands-on demonstrations about civil, environmental, and geo- engineering. Interested students contact email@example.com.
"The CEGE Student Ambassadors program has allowed me to apply my passion for STEM outreach and introduce students to civil, environmental, and geo- engineering. It has also allowed me to become a better leader and communicator."
— Megan McDevitt, Civil Engineering, Class of 2021
Chi Epsilon is the only civil engineering honor society. There are currently 124 chapters at universities and colleges in the United States.
"I joined this Chi Epsilon because I saw it as a great way to become more connected to the department, as well as to have more volunteer opportunities with my fellow classmates. I'm happy with my choice because I've gotten to know many new people in the department and have had the opportunity to help in the community."
— Eric Elert, Civil Engineering, Class of 2019
EERI is devoted to reducing earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering. The UMN student chapter sponsors speakers and events related to earthquake engineering.
EWB gives students an opportunity to work with communities around the world to find low-cost sustainable engineering solutions to community needs.
ITSO brings together students and transportation professionals across disciplines. Sign up for the ITSO newsletter for information about upcoming events, scholarships, and internships.
"I joined ITSO so that I could meet other students interested in transportation and have more opportunities to learn about different transportation projects. It's been great to have the opportunity to network with transportation professionals in the area, participate in many different transportation-related tours, and hear about the different branches of transportation like traffic, transit, and railroad."
— Jack Olsson, Civil Engineering Major, 2nd year masters student
"For the first couple year of college, I had been looking for a student group at the University that focused on issues around my major, and I had yet to find one. Suddenly at the beginning of my Junior year I stumbled upon MEESE, which soon revealed itself to be a community of like-minded individuals who were passionate about environmental solutions, and I knew immediately that it was the organization I had been looking for. Now as an officer of the group I feel that it's my responsibility to guide others who may feel a little lost in their path by offering them a spot in our little niche that we call MEESE."
— Josh Kirk, Environmental Engineering, Class of 2019
Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME)
SME is a professional society that promotes interest in mining, metallurgy, and exploration within the university. The mining industry includes a wide range of engineering professions. Our main goals are to provide a link between students and professionals in the industry, and educate the public on the importance of mining.