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Benefits of joining a club or organization

Students can broaden their horizons by joining clubs, professional societies, and other organizations. Membership and participation help sharpen career skills, expand social networks, explore interests and improve time management. Many clubs are open to a broad range of majors and interests. Their activities range from racing cars and designing medical devices to providing Haitians with clean water and learning leadership skills.

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List of available clubs, professional societies, and other organizations

Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC)

Faculty Advisor: David Vaughn

Purpose: Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries is a student-run organization through Creative Inquiry that aims to serve the developing world and develop those who serve. The mission is to work with local communities in the Central Plateau of Haiti to develop sustainable solutions that improve the quality of life through interdisciplinary student-led initiatives that embody the organization's core values in partnership with Clemson University, non-profit organizations, and industry.

Who can join? All undergraduate students in any field of study. Graduate students who have participated in the program previously may have the opportunity to become an advisor for an undergraduate project group.

When is membership recruitment? Members are recruited before the last day to register or add a class each fall and spring semester


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Main Contact: Courtland Woods

Purpose: NSBE's purpose is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Who can join? Any undergraduate or graduate student.

When is membership recruitment? Fall (preferably) and spring.


PEER Organization

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Jackson

Purpose: This organization is designed for the underrepresented students in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences to promote professional, social and academics on the Clemson University campus.

Who can join? Any STEM major in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

When is membership recruitment? Beginning of fall and spring semesters.


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering (SHPE)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Luiz Jacobsohn

Purpose: SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. SHPE's vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Who can join? Any undergraduate Clemson student (you do not have to be Hispanic/Latino or an engineering major).

When is membership recruitment? Any time


Society of Women Engineers

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melissa Smith

Purpose: Society of Women Engineers is an organization focused on increasing the relationship between people in engineering programs and improving career development to be successful in industry or graduate school after graduation. Members spend most of their time hearing information and receiving advice from various different engineering companies in the area and focusing on networking. We are also involved with spreading STEM to girls at a younger age by partnering with local Girl Scout chapters, as well as participating in the engineering expo for 2nd graders.

Who can join? Eligible undergraduate and graduate students must be in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. All are welcome to attend meetings.

When is membership recruitment? Members are recruited at Tiger Prowl in the fall and spring. For more information about joining, please email swe@clemson.edu.


Tau Beta Pi

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steven Brandon

Purpose: Tau Beta Pi is the oldest national engineering society in the United States honoring engineering students who exemplify academic achievement, as well as character. A Tau Beta Pi member will also show a commitment to personal and professional integrity. Members participate in social and service events each semester. Tau Beta Pi also offers many benefits for student members as a national organization including undergraduate scholarships, fellowships, student loans, financial assistance, career assistance, and much more.

Who can join? Undergraduate juniors who rank in the top eighth of their class and seniors who rank in the top fifth of their class are invited for membership in Tau Beta Pi.

When is membership recruitment? Invitations are sent out at the beginning of each semester to qualified students.


Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Martine Laberge

Purpose: Theta Tau is a professional fraternity that focuses on improving the professional development skills of our members while also participating in community service, fundraising, outreach, and brotherhood events together.

Who can join? Undergraduate engineering, computer science, and computer information systems majors with a GPA above 2.5 and at least one year left until graduation.

When is membership recruitment? Within the first three weeks of the fall and spring semesters

CU-ICAR Student Association

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dee Kivett

Purpose: Consists of an eight-member board that represents the automotive engineering student body. All members pay semester fees, and all automotive engineering students are encouraged to join.

Who can join? Membership is open to all automotive engineering students.

When is membership recruitment? Students are free to join any time of the year, and memberships are renewed annually.

Clemson Bioengineering Society (CBS)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Delphine Dean

Purpose: The Clemson Bioengineering Society acts as Clemson University's graduate chapter for the Society For Biomaterials and the Biomedical Engineering Society. CBS is a student-run organization that provides service, social, and professional development experiences to students in the organization. CBS strives to provide an opportunity to complement students' personal strengths and research ability to build more well-rounded bioengineers who are leaders in research and among their peers.

Who can join? Clemson University Graduate Students.

When is membership recruitment? Continual


Clemson Engineering World Health (EWH)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Delphine Dean

Purpose: EWH is a non-profit organization mobilizing the biomedical engineering community to improve the quality of health care in hospitals serving resource-poor communities of the developing world. The Clemson chapter of EWH works on service activities related to healthcare technology, basic skills workshops to help students learn basic technical skills, and outreach activities to K-12 students.

Who can join? Undergraduate and graduate students.

When is membership recruitment? Year-round


Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society (UCBS)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ken Webb

Purpose: Networking and professional development among bioengineering students

Who can join? Anyone interested in bioengineering

When is membership recruitment? Throughout the year

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christopher Norfolk

Purpose: The purpose of the student chapter is to strengthen the Clemson chemical engineering community and enrich the experience of students with social, professional, and service opportunities.

Who can join? While we typically cater to chemical engineering students, any major can join.

When is membership recruitment? Recruitment is typically the beginning of each semester. However, new members are accepted year round.


Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (CEGSO)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Roberts

Purpose: CEGSO promotes social and academic interaction between Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) graduate students; provides a forum for communication between the ChBE graduate student body, ChBE departmental faculty and staff, and Clemson's Graduate Student Government; and facilitates professional development of ChBE graduate students.

Who can join? Chemical and biomolecular engineering masters and Ph.D. students

When is membership recruitment? Rolling recruitment period

Clemson American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter

Faculty Advisor: Professor Stephen Csernak

Purpose: The main objective of the ASCE student chapter is to encourage its members to study civil engineering and to advance the civil engineering profession. Becoming a member of ASCE gives students a chance to apply knowledge from the classroom to "real world" situations, such as designing and building a steel bridge or a concrete canoe. Not only do students get the opportunity to apply their engineering knowledge in events such as Carolina's Conference, but they also learn about teamwork, leadership, and ethics that are needed in the engineering profession. Joining ASCE is a good way for students to meet practicing engineers. Through business meetings, tailgates, socials, and many other activities, students make contacts with engineers on a more personal level. ASCE also gives students a chance to interact with the staff and other students outside of the classroom. Through activities such as tailgates, socials, intramural sports, and student/faculty softball games, students get a chance to relax and meet new people. Members of ASCE are also given the opportunity to give back to the community. Every year the ASCE chapter participates in Adopt-A-Highway, Helping Hands, Habitat-For-Humanity, and also coordinates activities with local high schools.

Who can join? Any Clemson student

When is membership recruitment? Year round with membership drives in January and August (first two weeks of the semesters)

Clemson University IEEE (CU IEEE)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bill Reid

Purpose: The Purpose of CU IEEE is to join the students in the electronics and computing disciplines together and allow them to have networking, professional, educational, and common interest meetings across the entire spectrum that encompasses these disciplines.

Who can join? Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors

When is membership recruitment?  Year-round

Clemson Society for STEM Education (CSTEMEd)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cindy Lee

Purpose: The purpose of the organization is to: inform and educate students and faculty about STEM education research and pedagogies; support students that are conducting research in STEM education; enhance the teaching and presentation skills of prospective STEM educators at all levels.

Who can join? Undergraduate and graduate students interested in STEM education

When is membership recruitment? Year-round

Environmental Engineering Club (EES)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Freedman

Purpose: The EES Club is a club for undergraduates in the BS environmental engineering program. The club provides a link between students, faculty, administration, and alumni in order to promote a network in department and field. The student chapter holds meetings, on-campus activities, and field trips to stay engaged with one another and the community. Through activities such as networking opportunities and presentations with professionals, students are assisted in launching satisfying careers in environmental engineering and other related fields. Overall, the club is a place for those with common interests in environmental engineering to connect.

Who can join? Any undergraduate students in the environmental engineering major.

When is membership recruitment? Members are primarily recruited at the beginning of each semester, although new members are welcome to join at any time if they contact an officer of the club.


Geology Club

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alex Pullen

Purpose: Geology Club engages students in the Earth sciences. The club is committed to supporting students in the geology program by preparing them for graduate school and the job market. The club also focuses on service, outreach, and outdoor activities. This organization is a resource for academic peer support in geology.

Who can join? All Clemson undergraduate students are eligible.

When is membership recruitment? Focused recruitment is in the fall semester.

Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Elizabeth Kurz

Purpose: Alpha Pi Mu is an honor society that recognizes top junior and senior industrial engineering students for their exceptional academic success. The organization serves to bring greater recognition to the industrial engineering program at Clemson. Members are involved in several different initiatives which include supporting incoming industrial engineering students, facilitating student mentoring, hosting community-building events, and organizing various professional development events and workshops.

Who can join? The top one-fifth of juniors and the top one-third of seniors in the industrial engineering class are invited to join. Masters and Ph.D. students are eligible for membership with a written recommendation from the department chair of industrial engineering, or by another member of the faculty designated by the department head.

When is membership recruitment? Members are recruited in both the fall and spring semesters.


Clemson Consulting Club

Main Contact: Robert Fanning

Purpose: To inform students about the consulting industry, recruitment events, and the interview processes to set them up for success in getting a consulting job.

Who can join? Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors

When is membership recruitment? Year-round


Clemson Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Pak

Purpose: Human factors and ergonomics is the science of understanding human capabilities and limitations, which can be applied to the design of systems and technologies. The society is a group of students, faculty, alumni, and human factors professionals who are passionate about finding ways to improve how people interact with products and technology. The organization is a local chapter of the national Human Factors and Ergonomics Society maintained by students at Clemson University. The goal is to promote the field of human factors and ergonomics, facilitate discussion, provide networking opportunities, and increase awareness through education and sound practice.

Who can join? Any Clemson University student or faculty member with experience or interest in the field

When is membership recruitment? Continuously, but primarily at the beginning of each semester.


Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Taaffe

Purpose: The Clemson student chapter of IISE seeks to provide a place for students to develop professional skills and provide valuable networking opportunities, as well as facilitate a sense of Clemson Family and build community. Clemson IISE hosts seminar speakers from academia and industry in order to expand knowledge beyond what is learned in the classroom. In addition to bringing companies to Clemson, the group also partners with Upstate IISE, a professional chapter of the same organization, to go on plant tours or out to dinner.

IISE additional has societies within the institute. At Clemson, we also offer IISE members the option to join the Society for Health Systems (SHS) as a "club within a club." SHS is a resource and support association that serves the needs of healthcare professionals throughout the world by contributing to the improvement of healthcare processes through systems engineering, analysis, and process improvement methods. In addition to bringing healthcare companies and speakers to Clemson, the group also goes on-site tours of health facilities such as Prisma Health or have luncheons and dinners with industry professionals.

Who can join? Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors

When is membership recruitment? Members are recruited primarily in the fall with additional recruitment in the Spring.


INFORMS Student Chapter of Clemson University

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sandra Eksioglu

Purpose: INFORMS Student chapter`s mission is to promote Interest in the Fields of Operations Research, Management Sciences, and analytics. We foster a sense of community among students in these disciplines by promoting the exchange of ideas in these fields among all departments, mentoring students, and making connections between students and professionals in industry and academia.

Who can join? All interested full time enrolled students can join.

When is membership recruitment? Throughout the whole year, interested students can apply via Tiger Quest.

Keramos National Professional Ceramic Engineering Fraternity

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Fei Peng

Purpose: The main function of Keramos is to promote and emphasize scholarship and character in the thoughts of students in ceramics, to stimulate mental development, and to promote interest in the professional aspects of ceramic engineering, technology, and science.

Who can join? Materials science and engineering students who have above a 3.0 GPA.

When is membership recruitment? Eligible students will be invited to an induction ceremony in the spring semester.


Material Advantage

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Fei Peng

Purpose: Material Advantage is a national organization for undergraduate students in the field of material science. A joint effort of The American Ceramic Society, the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, ASM International, and the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, the organization is dedicated to introducing material science students to the professional materials world.

Our goal is to challenge and facilitate all students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson to get more out of their undergraduate studies. The group strives to give members the tools they need to be successful throughout their education and in the professional world.

Who can join? Materials science & engineering undergraduate students, graduate students, and general engineering undergraduate students interested in materials science.

When is membership recruitment? Membership recruitment is at the beginning of each semester but people are encouraged to join any time.

Materials Research Society (MRS)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thompson Mefford

Purpose: MRS university chapters are a vital part of the Materials Research Society, providing discussion between students and faculty and promoting student interest in materials science. The goal of the Materials Research Society is to embrace, cultivate and capitalize on that diversity, and use it as a resource for a dynamic and vibrant future. Members advance the MRS mission to advance materials and to improve the quality of life.

Who can join? All students interested in materials research are welcome to join.

When is membership recruitment? Graduate students studying materials science and engineering; in the fall.


Phi Psi Honors Fraternity

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ulf Schiller

Purpose: Promotes social welfare, high standards in academic work, and advancement of members in Materials Science & Engineering careers.

Who can join? Materials Science and Engineering majors with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

When is membership recruitment? Membership recruitment is at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (CU-ASME)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jane Zhao

Purpose: CU-ASME is a student-run professional development organization that helps prepare mechanical engineering students to become successful in their career field by exposing members to industry, providing opportunities for hands-on experience, and fostering growth in networking and professional connections.

Who can join? Anyone who would like to be a member can join. However typically only mechanical engineering students join. The group requires members to also become a member of ASME's national organization.

When is membership recruitment? New members can join at any time. However, a general member recruitment meeting is held at the beginning of each semester.


ASHRAE Student Chapter

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Figliola

Purpose: Promote student activities related to professional engineering and control of the build environment. Close relation with the professional chapter in Greenville.

Who can join? Open to all students, particularly those in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences and construction science.

When is membership recruitment? Year-round


Clemson Formula SAE (CUFSAE)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Mocko

Purpose: Clemson Formula SAE is a student-run organization dedicated to the enrichment of the Clemson students’ education by offering one of the best ways to apply what they learn in class. From engineering to marketing, computer programming to graphic design, CUFSAE has something to offer every student. The group aims to provide students with the tools to learn as much as they can through real-world experience while exploring the possibilities of employment in the automotive industry. The team strives to emulate the practices of the best race teams from around the world to be a top Formula SAE competitor. Located in the Ravenel Center of Clemson University, the shop is only a couple miles from the main campus. The team works closely with several departments of the university, including mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, facilities, and graphic communications, as well as dozens of partner companies in the automotive industry to complete the group's goals.

Who can join? Membership in this organization is open to all registered Clemson University students. There are no prerequisites for skill, knowledge or experience - all that is sought is the right attitude and a willingness to work hard and learn.

When is membership recruitment? Main recruitment takes place in August and September, but interested students are accepted year round. Just send an email to cufsae@g.clemson.edu


Pi Tau Sigma

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Xiangchun Xuan

Purpose: Pi Tau Sigma is the international honor society for mechanical engineers. Students are chosen on the basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship service, leadership, and integrity. The organization is committed to advancing the practice of mechanical engineering and improving the experience of students within the major. Pi Tau Sigma offers the chance to network with students, faculty, alumni, and industry professionals.

Who can join? Mechanical engineering students will be invited by the organization president and must have at least sophomore standing, have at least a 3.25 GPA, and be in the top 25% of their class. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

When is membership recruitment? Students are recruited in the fall and spring semesters.


Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Faculty Advisor Dr. Hong Seok Choi

Purpose: Clemson SME is a professional organization devoted to promoting manufacturing within the student body of Clemson University as well as in the surrounding community. The society hosts professional speakers associated with the manufacturing industry, organizes plant tours for members, and attends conferences and other professional events to network and engage with individuals associated with or interested in the manufacturing field.

Who can join? Any student with an interest in manufacturing is welcome to join the society.

When is membership recruitment? Members are typically recruited at TigerProwl in the fall semester, but students can join anytime. Please email csme@g.clemson.edu to become a member.

Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter

Faculty Advisor: Brian Dean

Main Contact: Dhruv Mukherjee

Purpose: The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) is the main professional society in computing. Student chapters exist at many schools. Our chapter generally supports the needs of the undergraduate student body in the School of Computing, providing social events, professional guidance, skills training, organization of invited speakers / companies, and support for Clemson’s participation in the prominent ACM programming contest.

Who can join? Any Clemson Student (undergraduate or graduate) can join, although the chapter’s focus is undergraduates in the School of Computing.

When is membership recruitment? Every fall


CU Cyber

Faculty Advisor: John Hoyt

Purpose: The Clemson University Cyber Security team’s goals are to help promote awareness and provide the ability to mitigate many of the threats faced on a daily basis while using a computer. The group is actively expanding the resources available to students with an interest in cybersecurity, providing the tools and skills they will need in the future to help develop their personal and professional role in the cybersecurity industry.

Who can join? Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors

When is membership recruitment? Members are typically recruited during the start of the fall semester at Tiger Prowl.


School of Computing Graduate Student Association

Main Contact: Tyler Allen

Purpose: Provide academic and social support for graduate students in the school of computing. Also to operate as a liaison between graduate students and the department administration.

Who can join? School of Computing graduate students

When is membership recruitment? Year-round.