Student groups

Find a group

CSE student groups fall into the following categories:

With more than 75 student groups in the College of Science and Engineering and more than 1,000 student groups throughout the University of Minnesota, it’s easy to find your niche. Student groups will connect what you are learning in your classes with real-life experiences. Plus, it’s a great way to balance your University experience. By participating in a student group, you can network with other students, become a leader as an officer in a group, build teamwork and leadership skills, and make a difference in your community, all of which look great on a resume. It’s easy! Just look through the categories listed, find groups you are interested in, connect, and get involved.

Competitive Teams

American Society of Civil Engineers–Concrete Canoe

Designs a functional, competition-ready concrete canoe and gives students hands-on experience in leadership, project management, and problem-solving skills. Visit the American Society of Civil Engineers website.

American Society of Civil Engineers–Steel Bridge

Designs and fabricates a 1:10 model steel bridge to compete in the regional event of the National Student Steel Bridge Competition each year. Visit the American Society of Civil Engineers website.

Gopher Motorsports Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Applies classroom training and knowledge in a real-world, practical application by designing, manufacturing, testing, and driving an open-wheeled-style race car for competition. Visit the SAE website.

Rocket Team

Builds and launches a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level; engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. Visit the Rocket Team website.

University of Minnesota Clean Snowmobile Team

Challenges students to re-engineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise in an international engineering design competition. Visit the Clean Snowmobile Team website.

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (UMNSVP)

Researches, designs, and constructs a solar vehicle every two years to compete in the World Solar Challenge. Visit the UMNSVP website.


Alpha Chapter of Theta Tau

Provides professional development opportunities for engineering students in the nation’s oldest and foremost professional co-ed engineering fraternity. Visit the Alpha Chapter of Theta Tau website.

Alpha Chi Sigma–Beta Chapter (AXS)

Provides a fraternal organization for students in the chemical sciences. Visit the AXS website.

Alpha Sigma Kappa–Women in Technical Studies

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

Kappa Eta Kappa–Beta Chapter

Organizes professional and social events as a professional co-ed engineering fraternity. Visit the Kappa Eta Kapp website.

Triangle Fraternity

Provides a community for men majoring in architecture, engineering, and science. Visit the Triangle Fraternity website.

Honor Societies

Chi Epsilon

Involves civil engineering honors students in the University and surrounding community through professional, outreach, tutoring, and non-profit events. Visit the Chi Epsilon website.

Eta Kappa Nu–Omicron Chapter

Encourages and rewards outstanding students in electrical and computer engineering. Visit the Eta Kappa Nu website.

Tau Beta Pi

Elects outstanding engineering students to be part of an honor society focused on academic excellence, public service, and fun. Visit the Tau Beta Pi website.

University Honors Student Association (UHSA)

Represents the student voice for the University Honors Program dedicated to providing and promoting a wide variety of programming related to community building, professional and intellectual development, community engagement, and leadership development. Visit the UHSA website.


CSE Ambassadors (CSEA)

Represents CSE by giving tours to prospective students, helping with K-12 outreach activities, and acting as peer mentors for incoming freshmen. Visit the CSEA website.

CSE Expo

Coordinates the college’s spring outreach event, the CSE Expo, which features science and engineering demonstrations geared toward middle school students. Visit the CSE Expo website.

CSE International Ambassadors

Helps students in technical fields find academic and professional opportunities abroad; organizes a Buddy Program to help international exchange students feel welcome at the University of Minnesota. Visit the CSE International Ambassadors website.

Future Leaders Aspiring in Science and Health Care (FLASH)

Explores opportunities within the life sciences and healthcare industry on and off campus while addressing various needs in the community. Visit the FLASH website.

Plumb Bob Honorary Leadership Society

Plans, organizes, and hosts CSE Week, a week full of events designed to promote CSE, its student groups, and sponsors. Visit the Plumb Bob website.

Science and Engineering Student Board (SESB)

Serves as the student governing body for CSE, advocates for students, and facilitates social and community involvement. Visit the SESB website.

STEM Outreach Coalition

The STEM Outreach Coalition aims to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to become passionate about STEM, and to start a legacy of CSE student groups collaborating to impact the next generation of STEM professionals. Visit the STEM Outreach Coalition website.

University Transfer Student Board

Offers transfer students the chance to socialize with other transfer students and become more integrated into the University community. Visit the University Transfer Student Board website.

Professional Organizations

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Promotes knowledge and interest in chemistry through group meetings, community outreach events, informational sessions with professional chemists, and social events. Visit the ACS website.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

Builds community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Visit the AISES website.

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

Provides a social and academic community for students in the aerospace engineering program. Visit the AIAA website.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)

Helps chemical engineering students with class scheduling and employment, and organizes social events. Visit the AICHE website.

American Public Works Association (APWA)–UMN Student Chapter

Provides information about career choices within public works, facilitates internships, jobs, and scholarships, and offers career building events, networking, speakers, and technical tours. Visit the APWA-UMN Student Chapter website.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Promotes interest in biosystems and bioproducts engineering, especially career development and experiential learning. Visit the ASABE website.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Offers students opportunities to interact with practicing engineers and become exposed to social, technical, and professional events. Visit the ASCE website.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Promotes and enhances technical competency and professional well-being of members through mechanical engineering programs and activities. Visit the ASME website.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Advances the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. Visit the ACM website.

Association for Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W)

Supports, celebrates, and advocates for the engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. Visit the ACM-W website.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)–Student Chapter

Promotes an increased knowledge of the mathematical sciences and the contributions of women in the field. Mentors and encourages women and girls as they prepare for careers in the mathematical sciences. Visit the AWM website.

AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, Processing

Serves as an industry-academia networking group for people passionate about materials, interfaces and their processes. Visit the AVS website.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Promotes the biomedical engineering profession and provides academic, professional, and social programs. Visit the BMES website.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Seeks to reduce earthquake risk by staying on top of the latest scientific and engineering advances and participating in outreach activities. Visit the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute website.

Food and Bioproducts Engineering Organization

Tackles various environmental challenges and provides an opportunity for students interested in bioproducts and biosystems engineering to learn about and tour bioproduct industries. Email for more information.

IEEE Women in Engineering

Connects women in electrical and computer engineering fields and promotes engagement of women in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Visit the IEEE Women in Engineering website.

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Organizes networking opportunities, presentations by engineering firms, job fairs, tutorials, and social events for students. Visit the IEEE website.

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)

Focuses on building academic, professional, and networking skills among industrial engineering students and friends through study groups, workshops, and site visits. Visit the IISE website.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering Student Chapter

Help students interested in pharmaceutical engineering learn more about industry, network with professionals, and find work opportunities. Visit the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering website.

Material Advantage

Promotes materials science and engineering in both the academic and industry settings and provides experiences outside the University through volunteering, competitions, tours, and social events. Visit the Material Advantage website.

Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE)

Provides information on professional exams and helps prepare students by forming study groups. Visit the MnSPE website.

National Organization of Business and Engineering (NOBE)

Unites business, management, and engineering and strives to develop leadership and professional skills. Visit the NOBE website.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

Increases awareness of professional opportunities in chemical engineering and chemistry, strengthens academic support channels, and promotes professional advancement in the fields. Visit the NOBCChE website.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Works to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Visit the NSBE website.

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)

Promotes an interest in mining, metallurgy, mineral exploration, earth resources, and related fields. Visit the SME website.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

Supports the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so they can achieve their full career potential. Visit the SASE website.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science, and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity, and social equity. Visit the SHPE website.

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Fosters and encourages interdepartmental relations among students in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences through various events and meetings. Visit the SIAM website.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Supports and encourages women in science and engineering fields through leadership opportunities, outreach experiences, community involvement, and professional development. Visit the SWE website.


Copter Club

Pulls together the materials and knowledge to build safe, functional multi-rotors for competitions, experience, and fun. Visit the Copter Club website.

CSE Winter Light Show

Designs an annual winter light show on campus featuring more than 100,000 LED lights, 400 individual controllable lights, and 450 microcontrollers that are synchronized to music. Visit the CSE Winter Light Show website.

Design U

Provides members with the opportunity to engage in fast-paced, interdisciplinary, hands-on design work modeled after a real product design firm. Visit the Design U website.

Engineers Without Borders

Partners with disadvantaged communities around the world to improve the quality of life through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. Visit the EWB website.

Innovative Engineers

Applies engineering skills to address current environmental and energy problems in projects such as constructing a small-scale wind turbine. Visit the Innovative Engineers website.


Participate in industry projects and innovation challenges that provide opportunities for experiential career development. Email for more information.

Tesla Works

Provides tools and resources to students who want to bring their ideas to reality and build remarkable projects. Visit the Tesla Works website.

University Mad Scientists

Fosters teamwork skills and collaboration by providing workspace for members to build creative and fun projects. Visit the University Mad Scientists website.

Special Interest

Actuary Club at UMN

Informs students about the actuary profession and helps those interested in pursuing an actuarial career path. Visit the Actuary Club website.

Astronomy Club

Promotes interest and education in astronomy and related space science. Visit the Astronomy Club website.

Augmented Reality Collective

Explores augmented reality through AR development and networking with industry professionals. Visit the Augmented Reality Collective website.

Building Engineering Technical Skills (BETS)

Provides opportunities to learn technical skills, gain exposure to resources not featured in the standard curriculum, and meet industry professionals. Visit the BETS website.

Cryptocurrency Club

Learn about cryptocurrency through our student community and guest speakers. Visit the Cryptocurrency Club website.

Engineering World Health (EWH)

Participates in activities such as designing novel medical technologies for developing countries, repairing medical equipment, and competing in a design competition. Visit the EWH website.


Promotes the exploration of video games as a culture, career, and creative practice. Visit the GLITCH Gaming website.


Inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build skills and inspire innovation and leadership. Visit the GOFIRST website.

Interdisciplinary Transportation Student Organization (ITSO)

Creates transportation communities on campus, connects students with professionals,and raises awareness of transportation issues. Visit the ITSO website.

Math Club

Meets weekly to learn about interesting math topics and interact through fun math games.  Email for more information.

Minnesota Environmental Engineers, Scientists, and Enthusiasts (MEESE)

Explore careers in environmental engineering and similar fields while meeting other like-minded students. Visit the MEESE website.


Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQIA+ communities in the STEM fields. Visit the oSTEM website.

Product Design Minnesota (PDM)

Provides a community in which students can engage in product design, learn about the idea generation process, refine skills outside of class, and join our community of product designers. Visit the PDM website.

Social Coding

Creates a fun social environment where driven, creative, and curious members can expand their knowledge of programming and computer science. Visit the Social Coding website.

Society of Physics Students

Connects students who are interested in physics and organizes social activities and outreach programs. Visit the Society of Physics Students website.

Truth in Science and Engineering

Offers a community for Christians interested in science and engineering to come together and discuss issues pertinent to their education and faith, Visit the Truth in Science and Engineering website.

UMN Energy Club

Offers an environment to discuss and learn about all aspects of building a cleaner and safer energy system. Visit the UMN Energy Club website.

Undergraduate Consulting Club

Provides opportunities to learn about the consulting industry, engage with leading consulting professionals, and explore companies and the services they provide. Visit the Undergraduate Consulting Club website.

University of Minnesota Geological Society (GeoClub)

Sponsors events to encourage students to become involved in the earth sciences community and provides information about research opportunities and field experiences. Visit the GeoClub website.

Video Game Development Club

Instructs, teaches, and builds video games through workdays and seminars from professors and professionals, with goals to improve the level of game discourse and creation at the University. Visit the Video Game Development Club website.