The Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education encourage students to take an active role in student organizations and support a variety of clubs and organizations to meet the needs and interests of its students. There are opportunities to participate in student government; student publications; and clubs that plan entertainment, social, volunteer, and educational activities.
There are many benefits to becoming involved in student organizations. In addition to learning more about yourself, your strengths and interests, you gain valuable skills. The friendships you develop, working together as a team on projects and goals, often remain strong long after graduation. The satisfaction of working as a team toward a common goal and knowing that you have made a positive contribution to your community is huge. Involvement in Campus and College events, activities and organizations often help you develop relationships with faculty, staff and administrators, too.
Pre-Professional Health Club
The purpose of Pre-Professional Health Club is to promote the involvement of students with pre-professional health majors and/or concentrations at the University of Southern Indiana. By providing informative lectures, seminars, and travel opportunities, the club encourages academic achievement while stimulating personal and professional growth.
Student Leader: Megan Ashby
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rex Strange
Sigma Zeta Math and Science Honor Society
Sigma Zeta, a National Honorary Society, has been active at the University of Southern Indiana for over 30 years. It recognizes students majoring in the sciences or mathematics who have earned 30 semester hours of credit (15 hrs of math and science classes) and achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students are nominated by faculty and the executive committee for membership into this organization. New members are accepted into the organization during a formal initiation ceremony.
Sigma Zeta members participate in several activities throughout the school year including judging science fairs, attending graduate school fairs, and presenting research at national meetings.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brent Summers
All students interested in biology are invited to join the Biology Club. Members of this organization participate in a variety of activities including Mesker Park Boo at the Zoo, Angel Mounds Native American Days, Boy Scout Day and USI Biology Club Poinsettia Sale. The biology club also hosts a Halloween Party and an end of the semester dinner. This year we are collaborating with a number of other Pott College Science groups on campus in such activities as the Golden Flask competition and speaker presentations. Each academic year, members of the club organize trips to area attractions such as Marengo Caves and New Harmony Historic Site. Our activities and volunteer opportunities are in no way limited to what is listed above. We encourage active participation and welcome any ideas for additional activities from our club members.
Student Leader: Ben Nathan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henri Maurice
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Joining the award-winning American Chemical Society-Student Members (ACS-SM) organization at USI is an educational and fun way to become involved with students and faculty members in the Chemistry Department.
The ACS-SM is a professional organization for students interested in chemistry as a career. Members of this group attend national chemistry meetings and undergraduate research conferences. They host guest lecturers for Chemistry seminars and tour chemical industries.
Student Leader: Evan Taylor
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edmir Wade
Industrial Engineering & Manufacturing Club
The Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Club offers opportunities for students to network with potential employers. The club brings in speakers from local engineering and manufacturing companies to give students a chance to discover what the companies do and how they could become a part of the company. Students will have to chance to speak with company representatives and ask questions about their company, their experiences in engineering and manufacturing, their suggestions for current students, and how to best find internships, co-ops, and employment.
Student Leader: Chelsea Hochstetler
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tom McDonald and Dr. Marco Lara Gracia
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
The ASME Student Chapter of USI is a student-run interdisciplinary group open to all students at USI. Our purpose is to explore the world of engineering through activities, speakers, projects, and more.
Student Leader: Tyson Miller
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Natasha Smith
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja Team
The SAE Baja team is a group of USI students that build an off-road car that will race against teams from across the world. The car is designed and built from scratch, but must be constricted to a 10 Hp Briggs and Stratton engine, which cannot be modified. The goal of this project is to teach students how to design and handle a project from start to finish under a certain amount of rules and regulations. Any student can be involved in this team.
Student Leader: Ryan Elpers
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Davis
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
The club is established to promote hands-on educational experience in engineering design. This is accomplished through the design and construction of Autonomous Robots using guidelines and specifications established by competition. It is the object of this branch to further the aims and ideals of the IEEE. To promote the welfare and knowledge of our members through the holding of meetings, field trips, conferences, lectures and social events with the express goal of developing and expanding the knowledge of theory, applications and professional practice as it relates to all phases of electrical and computer engineering and related fields of endeavor.
Student Leader: Ryan Schuler
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ron Diersing
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders.
Student Leader: Valerie McKinney
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Natasha Smith
Tau Alpha Pi Honor Society
Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology students. Membership is open to top-performing associate-degree and baccalaureate students in engineering technology programs. Each chapter may have further requirements such as minimum grade point averages and minimum length of enrollment restrictions. Once elected to membership, students receive an honorary certificate of induction and a Tau Alpha Pi key. The membership fee is $35.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Zane Mitchell
Geology and Physics
The Geology Club strives to promote camaraderie and scholarship through social activities and instructional field trips. We encourage all interested undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and alumni to be actively involved in the Geology Club. We invite you to come to the next club meeting to learn more about the activities, events, and initiatives of the club.
Student Leader: Michael Stephens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joe DiPietro
A club devoted to learning and practicing physics. We work on projects and take educational trips to various Physics facilities in the US.
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Kenny Purcell and Brian Steinkamp
Kinesiology and Sport
Sport Management Club
The University of Southern Indiana Sport Management Club exists to provide students with a quality education through experiential learning, networking, and professional development opportunities while increasing knowledge about the sport management field. Our purpose is to express leadership, responsibility, and interaction with the student body, community, and local businesses. We seek to provide an enjoyable learning experience for all who are involved.
Student Leader: Randy Butcher
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Glenna Bower
Student Education Association
Student Education Association (SEA) is an organization for students interested in the field of education. SEA welcomes all education majors. This organization holds monthly meetings in which we discuss professional development activities, community service opportunities, and current news in education. Members have the opportunity to attend the ISEA fall conference in Indianapolis each October and participate in Outreach to Teach Program each April. Dues are $40.
Student Leader: Meghan Keller
Faculty Advisor: Terri Branson
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in the field of education. Our Greek letters represent knowledge, duty, and power. Our organization was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.
Student Leader: Jennifer Gossett
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Bartley