Student groups

Find a group

CSE student groups fall into the following categories:

With more than 80 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 help you 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 CSE groups you are interested in, connect via email, 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. For more information, contact asce@umn.edu.

AISC Steel Bridge Team

Designs and fabricates a 1:10 model steel bridge to compete in the regional event of the National Student Steel Bridge Competition each year. For more information, contact steelbr@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact sae@umn.edu.

Minnesota Electric Racing

An engineering team applying classroom concepts in a hands-on learning environment designing, manufacturing, and testing a performance electric vehicle. For more information, contact mer@umn.edu.

University of Minnesota 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. For more information, contact rkt-team@umn.edu.

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (UMNSVP)

Researches, designs, and constructs a solar vehicle every two years to compete in the World Solar Challenge. For more information, contact svp@umn.edu.

Fraternities/Sororities

Alpha Chapter of Theta Tau

Provides professional development opportunities for engineering students in the nation’s oldest and foremost professional co-ed engineering fraternity. For more information, contact ThetaTau@umn.edu.

Alpha Chi Sigma–Beta Chapter (AXS)

Provides a fraternal organization for students in the chemical sciences. For more information, contact axe@umn.edu.

Alpha Sigma Kappa–Women in Technical Studies

Supports women who are pursuing studies in technical fields including the sciences, math, engineering, and architecture. For more information, contact ask@umn.edu.

Kappa Eta Kappa–Beta Chapter

Organizes professional and social events as a professional co-ed engineering fraternity. For more information, contact khk@umn.edu.

Triangle Fraternity

Provides a community for men majoring in architecture, engineering, and science. For more information, contact triangle@umn.edu.

Honor Societies

Chi Epsilon

Involves civil engineering honors students in the University and surrounding community through professional, outreach, tutoring, and non-profit events. For more information, contact chiep@umn.edu.

Eta Kappa Nu–Omicron Chapter

Encourages and rewards outstanding students in electrical and computer engineering. For more information, contact hkn@umn.edu.

Tau Beta Pi

Elects outstanding engineering students to be part of an honor society focused on academic excellence, public service, and fun. For more information, contact tbetapi@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact uhsa@umn.edu.

Leadership

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. For more information, contact cseamb@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact cseia@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact plumbbob@umn.edu.

Science and Engineering Student Board (SESB)

Serves as the student governing body for CSE, advocates for students, and facilitates social and community involvement. For more information, contact sesb@umn.edu.

University Transfer Student Board

Offers transfer students the chance to socialize with other transfer students and become more integrated into the University community. For more information, contact utsb@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact acs@umn.edu.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

Builds community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. For more information, contact aises@umn.edu.

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

Provides a social and academic community for students in the aerospace engineering program. For more information, contact aiaa@umn.edu.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)

Helps chemical engineering students with class scheduling and employment, and organizes social events. For more information, contact aiche@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact apwa@umn.edu.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Promotes interest in biosystems and bioproducts engineering, especially career development and experiential learning. For more information, contact asabe@umn.edu.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Offers students opportunities to interact with practicing engineers and become exposed to social, technical, and professional events. For more information, contact asce@umn.edu.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Promotes and enhances technical competency and professional well-being of members through mechanical engineering programs and activities. For more information, contact asme@umn.edu.

ASHRAE Student Group at the UMN

Provides a support group and networking opportunity for CSE students interested in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry. For more information, contact uashrae@umn.edu.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Advances the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. For more information, contact acm@umn.edu.

Association for Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W)

Supports, celebrates, and advocates for the engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. For more information, contact acmw@umn.edu.

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 contact wimmn@umn.edu.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Promotes the biomedical engineering profession and provides academic, professional, and social programs. For more information, contact bmes@umn.edu.

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 bioproducts industries. For more information, contact fabeo@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact wie@umn.edu.

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Organizes networking opportunities, presentations by engineering firms, job fairs, tutorials, and social events for students. For more information, contact ieee@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact iise@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact material@umn.edu.

National Organization of Business and Engineering (NOBE)

Unites business, management, and engineering and strives to develop leadership and professional skills. For more information, contact president@nobeminnesota.org.

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. For more information, contact nsbe@umn.edu.

oSTEM

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. For more information, contact ostem@umn.edu.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Aims to further the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American students in obtaining advanced degrees, careers, leadership positions, and equality in the STEM field. For more information, contact sacnas@umn.edu.

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)

Promotes an interest in mining, metallurgy, mineral exploration, earth resources, and related fields. For more information, contact sme@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact sasemail@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact shpe@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact siam@umn.edu.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Supports and encourages women in science and engineering fields through leadership opportunities, outreach experiences, community involvement, and professional development. For more information, contact swe@umn.edu.

Project-based

Copter Club

Pulls together the materials and knowledge to build safe, functional multi-rotors for competitions, experience, and fun. For more information, contact copterc@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact tesla@umn.edu.

Design U

Provides members with the opportunity to engage in fast-paced, interdisciplinary, hands-on design work modeled after a real product design firm. For more information, contact designu@umn.edu.

Engineers Without Borders

Partners with disadvantaged communities around the world to improve the quality of life through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. For more information, contact ewb@umn.edu.

Innovative Engineers

Applies engineering skills to address current environmental and energy problems in projects such as constructing a small-scale wind turbine. For more information, contact i-e@umn.edu.

Internet of Things (IoT) Collaborative

The Internet of Things (IoT) Collaborative aims to develop students with the skills necessary to lead IoT research and development. For more information, contact iot@umn.edu.

Minnovate

Participate in industry projects and innovation challenges that provide opportunities for experiential career development. For more infomation, contact mnovate@umn.edu.

Tesla Works

Provides tools and resources to students who want to bring their ideas to reality and build remarkable projects. For more information, contact tesla@umn.edu.

University of Minnesota Robotics

Strives to create an environment for aspiring engineers to gain hands on experience and apply the skills they learn in the classroom to real life hobby projects or competitive robots. For more information, contact robotics@umn.edu.

Special Interest

Actuary Club at UMN

Informs students about the actuary profession and helps those interested in pursuing an actuarial career path. For more information, contact actuary@umn.edu.

App Developers

Promotes discussion around computer science problems and idea sharing about developing apps by students interested in programming apps. For more information, contact appdevel@umn.edu.

Astronomy Club

Promotes interest and education in astronomy and related space science. Visit the For more information, contact astro@umn.edu.

Charosa

Facilitates and encourages students to follow their passions in research, healthcare, and medicine. For more information, contact charosa@umn.edu.

Chess Club

The Chess Club is a forum in which students or any members of the community can come together to play chess casually or competitively. For more information, contact chess@umn.edu.

The Cloud Computing Group

Promotes cloud computing as an effective skill and resource for small and scaling application; increasing access, speed, power, and cost-effectiveness. For more information, contact thecloud@umn.edu.

Code the Gap

Seeks to encourage participation of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields, offering unique perspectives and representing the innovativeness and the needs of all communities equally. ctg@umn.edu

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. For more information, contact ewh@umn.edu.

Interdisciplinary Transportation Student Organization (ITSO)

Creates transportation communities on campus, connects students with professionals, and raises awareness of transportation issues. For more information, contact itso@umn.edu.

Math Club

Meets weekly to learn about interesting math topics and interact through fun math games. For more information, contact mathclub.umn@gmail.com.

Minnesota Environmental Engineers, Scientists, and Enthusiasts (MEESE)

Explore careers in environmental engineering and similar fields while meeting other like-minded students. For more information, contact meese@umn.edu.

MN Quants

Provides an environment for students to learn about the financial markets through applied software and modeling projects. For more information, contact quants@umn.edu.

Pre-Health Community Connections (PHCC)

Explores opportunities within the life sciences and healthcare industry on and off campus while addressing various needs in the community. For more information, contact flashtc@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact pdesmn@umn.edu.

She Is ME

Unifies the women within Mechanical Engineering, growing a community of leaders who are ready and willing to engage in industry. For more information, contact sheisme@umn.edu.

Social Coding

Creates a fun social environment where driven, creative, and curious members can expand their knowledge of programming and computer science. For more information, contact coding@umn.edu.

Society of Physics Students

Connects students who are interested in physics and organizes social activities and outreach programs. For more information, contact sps@umn.edu.

UMN Energy Club

Offers an environment to discuss and learn about all aspects of building a cleaner and safer energy system. For more information, contact umnec@umn.edu.

Undergraduate Business Analytics Club

Brings together students interested in business analytics through professional speakers events, workshop and networking events. For more information, contact ubac@umn.edu.

Undergraduate Consulting Club

Provides opportunities to learn about the consulting industry, engage with leading consulting professionals, and explore companies and the services they provide. For more information, contact ugcc@umn.edu.

United Student Education (USE)

Uses computer science projects to help provide students academic and wellness tools at the university. For more information, contact use@umn.edu.

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. For more information, contact umngeology@gmail.com.

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. For more information, contact vgdc@umn.edu.