Find a group

CSE student groups fall into the following categories:

With more than 70 student groups in the College of Science and Engineering and more than 940 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

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

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

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

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

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (UMNSVP)
Researches, designs, and constructs a solar vehicle every two years to compete in the American Solar Challenge


Alpha Chapter of Theta Tau
Provides professional development opportunities for engineering students in the nation’s oldest and foremost professional engineering fraternity

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

Alpha Sigma Kappa–Women in Technical Studies
Supports women who are pursuing studies in technical fields including the sciences, math, engineering, and architecture

Kappa Eta Kappa–Beta Chapter
Organizes professional and social events as a professional co-ed engineering fraternity

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

Honor Societies

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

Eta Kappa Nu–Omicron Chapter
Encourages and rewards outstanding students in electrical and computer engineering

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


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

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

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

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

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

Science and Engineering Student Board
Serves as the student governing body for CSE, advocates for students, and facilitates social and community involvement

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

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

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Builds community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values

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

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)
Helps chemical engineering students with class scheduling and employment, and organizes social events

American Public Works Association–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

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Promotes interest in biosystems and bioproducts engineering, particularly as these interests relate to professional advancement

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Offers students opportunities to interact with practicing engineers and become exposed to social, technical, and professional events

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

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Advances the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology

Association for Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W)
Supports, celebrates, and advocates for the engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field

Association for Women in Mathematics–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

AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, Processing
The American Vacuum Society is an industry-academia networking group for people passionate about materials, interfaces and their processes.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Promotes the biomedical engineering profession and provides academic, professional, and social programs

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

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

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Builds a bridge between professionals and students interested in operations research and the management sciences through various events on campus

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Organizes networking opportunities, presentations by engineering firms, job fairs, tutorials, and social events for students

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
Focused on building academic, professional, and networking skills among industrial engineering students and friends through study groups, workshops, and site visits

Material Advantage
Promotes materials science and engineering in both the academic and industry settings and explores opportunities outside the University through volunteering, competitions, tours, and social events

Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE)
Provides information on professional exams and helps prepare students by forming study groups

National Organization of Business and Engineering (NOBE)
Unites business, management, and engineering and strives to develop leadership and professional skills

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

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

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

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
Supports Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so they can achieve their full career potential

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

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

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

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)
Tackles various environmental challenges and provides an opportunity for students interested in bioproducts and biosystems engineering to learn about and tour bioproduct industries


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

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 composed and performed by University students

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

Engineers Without Borders
Partners with disadvantaged communities around the world and improves the quality of life through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects

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

Synthetic Biology Society
Provides a community for students who share an interest in synthetic biology, and seeks to generate interest, awareness, and understanding of the field

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

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

Special Interest

Actuary Club at UMN
Informs students about the actuary profession and helps those interested in pursuing an actuarial career path

App Developers
Offers members a knowledge-sharing community in which they will learn the process of developing an app step by step

Augmented Reality Collective
Explores Augmented Reality through AR development and networking with industry professionals

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

Engineering World Health
Participates in activities such as designing novel medical technologies for developing countries, repairing medical equipment, and competing in a design competition

Promotes the exploration of video games as a culture, career, and creative practice

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

Interdisciplinary Transportation Student Organization (ITSO)
Creates transportation communities on campus, connects students with professionals,and raises awareness of transportation issues

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

Product Design Minnesota (PDM)
Provides a community in which students can engage in product, learn about the idea generation process, refine skills outside of class, and join our community of product designers

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

Students for Sustainability
Provides leadership opportunities to students interested in becoming involved with sustainable events and programs on campus and in the surrounding community

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

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

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

University Honors Student Association
Represents the student voice for the University Honors Program. Dedicated to providing and promoting a wide variety of programming related to community building, professional & intellectual development, community engagement, and leadership development

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

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