Joining a student group or club is a great way to explore your interest in the College of the Environment and get connected with student communities within the College. Whether you want to work on a hands-on volunteer project or just want to meet other students, get started by attending a meeting or contacting a club officer.
College of the Environment student groups
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
- American Fisheries Society, Student Sub-Unit of the Washington-British Columbia Chapter, UW – advances the conservation and intelligent management of aquatic resources within a context of sound ecological principles; gathers and disseminates information pertaining to aquatic science and fisheries management.
- Fisheries Interdisciplinary Network of Students (FINS) – serves as the graduate student organization within the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and an umbrella organization for several graduate student committees; raises funds to support student travel to conferences; and organizes academic and social events throughout the year.
- Society for Undergraduate Resources in Fisheries (SURF) – hosts social and networking activities related to fisheries.
- American Meteorological Society – promotes the education of atmospheric sciences and provides an environment where students interested in atmospheric sciences can share experiences through social, volunteer and professional activities.
Earth and Space Sciences
- Geo Club – encourages academic and professional interest in geology and all related disciplines by helping students to make connections and find opportunities outside the classroom.
- “Rock”ing Out – introduces youth to science in an energetic and entertaining way through hands-on activities in the classroom led by Earth and Space Sciences students.
Environmental and Forest Sciences
- Forest Club – promotes camaraderie between students, faculty and alumni of the School of Forest Resources by organizing social and academic events.
- Geospatial Club – promotes the use of geospatial tools and technologies at UW; the student chapter of the Puget Sound Region American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), which advances knowledge of mapping sciences and promotes responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and supporting technologies.
- Society for Ecological Restoration — UW student guild, under the umbrella of the Society for Ecological Restoration International, brings together students with a common interest in the science and practice of ecological restoration.
- Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) UW Chapter – promotes the professional, educational and social development of UW Bioresource and Engineering students.
- Wildlife Society – provides activities and events that focus on wildlife issues.
- Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society – promotes a high standard of scholarship in forestry education, works for the improvement of the forestry profession and promotes a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest.
- Sea Dawgs – Builds a community of students who are passionate about marine science through social events, volunteer work, academic seminars/research and other projects.
Marine and Environmental Affairs
- Coastal Society, UW Chapter – brings together private sector, academic and government professionals and students dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships and promoting communication and education.
- Student Oceanographic Society (SOS) – promotes, informs and improves both undergraduate and graduate education in oceanography at the University of Washington.
Program on the Environment
- Student Association for Green Environment (SAGE) – provides events and networking opportunities for Program on the Environment students with an environment focus.
Other environmentally-related student clubs
Many College of the Environment students are involved in environmentally related student groups such as the following that are not associated with a specific major or academic program:
- UW Farm – provides a campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability; an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes.
See the UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office’s online listing of environment or sustainability related UW student groups for a complete list.
Student groups that support underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) UW Chapter – enhances year-round mentorship and networking opportunities for SACNAS members (students, postdocs and faculty); provides ongoing, local support for the development of members as scientists and science leaders; part of a national society with a 37-year history of supporting minority scientists and science students.
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) UW Chapter – nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values; provides opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans to pursue studies in science, engineering, business and other academic arenas.
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) UW Chapter – the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science.
For information on non-environmentally related student groups, see the RSO Directory.