In ACES, more than 30 organizations provide students with the opportunity to network, learn about careers, and contribute to the life of the college. From student clubs based on common interests to honorary societies, you fill find plenty of ways to get involved in ACES. The ACES Council serves as the liaison between the student clubs and faculty, and facilitates the development and success of ACES student organizations.
If your club or organization would like to advertise an event or learning opportunity to the ACES student body population, please read through the College of ACES Office of Academic Programs Mass Email Protocol before you submit a request to advertise to the ACES student body.
If you are in an ACES RSO and would like to request additional funding for a project, please view the application.
In addition, there are over 1,000 other registered student organizations (RSOs) across campus.
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ACES Council is the liaison between the students and faculty and facilitates the development and success of ACES student organizations.
Contact: Oakley Whalen
The ACES James Scholar Activities & Communications Team (JS-ACT) is a student organization for ACES James Scholars who have an interest in supporting the mission of the Honors Program using their skills and talents in writing, photography, and social media. The club’s mission is to actively engage ACES James Scholars through electronic media, organizing special events (e.g., field trips), and contributing articles and photos to Honors Program publications.
Learn more: James Scholar Activities & Communications Team
The Student Advancement Committee (SAC) is a group of undergraduate students who work with the ACES Office of Advancement staff to raise funds for college programs, serve as college ambassadors working with alumni groups, and assist with student recruitment. Two of the most widely known SAC activities include the Student Thanking Drives and the annual Explore ACES event that brings high school students to campus each spring. Visit the SAC Facebook Page for more information.
Learn more: ACES Student Advancement Committee
ACES Without Borders strives to help international and international exchange students get acclimated to the University of Illinois, both academically and socially. The group organizes events to help exchange students transition to their new environment and provides members with information about international opportunities, such as internships, work/study abroad programs, and volunteer opportunities overseas that can help prepare members for their future.
Learn more: ACES Without Borders
AFA Leaders Conference is a four-track program designed to offer college students four different personal and professional development opportunities matched to their year in college. The program bridges the gap between academic, leadership, and work experiences while helping students understand the impact of their decisions. Students enjoy the opportunity to network with peers and leaders in the agriculture industry as well as increase their excitement about the future of agriculture by learning about career opportunities in food and agriculture. ACES encourages participation in the AFA Leaders Conference. If you need help covering the cost of attendance, please click here.
Learn more: AFA Leaders Conference
Alpha Epsilon Honor Society Delta Chapter is part of the national honor society for outstanding biological and agricultural engineers. The mission of Alpha Epsilon is to promote the high ideals of the engineering profession; to give recognition to those agricultural engineers who manifest worthy qualities of character, scholarship, and professional attainment; and to encourage and support improvements in the agricultural engineering profession to make it an instrument of greater service to mankind.
Learn more: Alpha Epsilon Honor Society
Alpha Tau Alpha is a professional honorary agricultural education organization that promotes the highest standards of agricultural education through scholarship and fellowship among members. Major activities include regular professional development field trips to cities like Chicago and Indianapolis as well as working with high school students and professionals in the field to build upon and complement members' studies in the field of agricultural education.
Contact: Gary Ochs
Learn more: Alpha Tau Alpha
Alpha Zeta is an honorary and professional fraternity of men and women whose educational objectives and/or careers fall within the broadly defined field of agriculture.
Learn more: Alpha Zeta
The U of I Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is open to all students and faculty interested in the conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems. It is the goal of our chapter to provide people interested in fisheries an opportunity to meet one another and learn about fisheries management and conservation. At our biweekly meetings, students are able to socialize, learn about fisheries-related jobs and careers, and listen to speakers talk about local and global fisheries issues. Outside our regular meetings, our club sponsors a number of social activities and outreach events that provide students with hands-on fisheries experience. See the organization's bulletin board in the first floor West hallway of Turner Hall.
Learn more: American Fisheries Society
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Student Branch (ASABE) aids in the professional development of agricultural engineering students and brings them into contact with their peers in a nonacademic environment.
Learn more: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
The Animal Sciences Industry Group provides applied hands-on experience and strong networking opportunities to students interested in the food animal production industry. Members have the opportunity to participate in field days within the industry, workshops on and off campus, and tours of modern industry facilities. Active members can receive sponsorship to attend industry meetings. Monthly meetings include a guest speaker from the food animal production industry.
Learn more: Animal Science Industry Group
The Association of Food Technologists (AFT) promotes interest in the field of food technology and acquaints students with food science faculty.
Learn more: Association of Food Technologists
Collegiate FFA is a chapter in the National FFA Organization and mentors local FFA chapters.It is a voting member of the ACES Council open to all U of I undergraduate and graduate students.
Learn more: Collegiate FFA
Collegiate Farm Bureau engages students in educational and leadership activities and networking opportunities. This grassroots organization brings together students from all majors interested in being voices for agriculture.
Contact: Jason Emmert
Learn more: Collegiate Farm Bureau
Collegiate 4-H exists to serve youth, function as a service-oriented organization, develop leadership abilities of each member, and to bridge the gap between recent 4-H alumni and Extension staff.
Learn more: Collegiate 4-H
The Companion Animals Club provides educational resources and fun opportunities for all animal lovers to network. At our monthly meetings, guest speakers discuss a wide variety of topics from animal health to animal welfare and rescue. The Companion Animals Club also holds fundraisers to benefit local non-profit organizations and animal shelters.
Contact: Sarah Albert
Learn more: Companion Animals Club
Consumer Economics & Finance Club (CEF Club), is dedicated to providing students with a variety of professional development services. The club provides opportunities for the students to expand their knowledge in the consumer economics and finance industry through professional guest speakers, workshops, and networking with other CEF student members. Our ultimate goal is to create an environment to prepare for future careers.
Learn more: Consumer Economics and Finance Club
The Crop Sciences Graduate Organization (CSGO) provides members the opportunity to network, socialize, and advance their professional development skills through seminars, symposiums, and professional meetings. Outside of research, members enjoy social events throughout the year.
Contact: Laura Chatham
Learn more: Crop Sciences Graduate Student Organization
Field and Furrow advances and disseminates knowledge concerning soil and crops; fosters a spirit of cooperation and mutual helpfulness among students in agronomy; provides an opportunity for a wider acquaintance with staff members in agronomy; cooperates with other chapters for the furtherance of the science of agronomy; and correlates activities in agronomy with other closely related fields.
Contact: Scott Bartlett
FSHNGSA is run by graduate students in food science and human nutrition to increase the interaction among faculty and graduate students by providing social, academic, and career-related events. Everyone is welcome.
Learn more: FSHN Graduate Student Association
Hoof 'n' Horn provides opportunities for students to develop a greater knowledge of the animal science industry and to unite and promote it.
Contact: Dan Shike
Learn more: Hoof 'n' Horn
The Horticulture Club is comprised of members from majors across campus that come together for educational and recreational events. From floral arranging to stomping grapes, this club is an active group with a passion for all things horticulture.
The Hospitality Management Association provides students of any major the opportunity to learn more about the hospitality industry, make contacts within the industry, and provide opportunities to meet new people interested in hospitality.
Illini ACT is an award-winning organization for students interested in all aspects of agricultural communications. From networking to exploring career opportunities, Illini ACT offers students a means of contact with professionals in the agricultural communications industry. The club's mission is to stimulate interest in the agricultural communications profession, promote the exchange of ideas among students and faculty, and provide professional development opportunities for its members.
Contacts: Taylor Ruth and Healther Cupps-Miller
The Illini Ag Mech Club provides opportunities for students and faculty to become better acquainted, for students to hear and talk with speakers from industry, and for students to work together and with faculty on club projects and activities.
Contact: Lane Simpson
Students in Illini Algae Club can partner with ABE graduate students to help with projects using algae, to learn laboratory techniques, and help advance current research. The club also helps educate students about the industry and current developments. Beyond the ABE department, the club organizes its members, sometimes in conjunction with other organizations, to facilitate involvement in competitions begging for new projects on both local and national scales. Students are encouraged to join for the learning experience and the opportunity to gain laboratory experience working with relevant systems in algae and bioenergy sustainability.
Contact: Christopher Guida
The Illini Dairy Club promotes the dairy industry by providing activities for interested people, Cow Olympiad, judging teams, regional meetings, and the PDCA Calf Sale.
Contact: Phil Cardoso
Illini Equestrians promotes interest in the art of horsemanship and expands knowledge and expertise in the fields of equine management and techniques. The group also provides students, staff, and faculty of the U of I who have an interest in horses the opportunity to meet and enjoy horse-related activities with others with similar interested. Members can participate in all aspects of planning and managing horse shows and clinics throughout the year.
Contact: Erica Lemay
Learn more: Illini Equestrians
Illinois Equine Rescue Society (I.E.R.S.) raises money and supplies volunteers to local equine rescues and functions as a student outreach group, educating the community on proper equine care. I.E.R.S. also acts in cooperation with local equine rescue agencies to help rehabilitate and facilitate the adoption of rescued horses.
Contact: Jessica Brady
Learn more: Illini Equine Rescue Society
Illini Foresters represents and advances the interests of students of forestry in student affairs and campus activities; promotes fellowship among forestry student faculty and alumni; and furthers students' professional development.
Contact: Connor Sible
The objective of the Illini Poultry Club is to provide social, academic, and professional events and activities for anyone interested in poultry and other avian species and to provide further knowledge and understanding of poultry science and the poultry industry through these activities.
Contacts: Kayla Kauffman and Jeremy Stutchman
Illini Pullers' main objective is to design and manufacture a 1/4-scale pulling tractor for the ASABE International Student Design Competition held annually in Peoria, Illinois. The competition lets students strengthen the knowledge learned in class and apply it in a real-world setting, preparing for career successes. As a team member, one can focus on design and manufacturing, business operations, or both. Students gain invaluable hands-on experience as well as sharpen their time-management and problem-solving skills.
Contacts: Jason Pike and Alan Hansen
The mission of the Illini Urban Farmers organization is to provide hands-on learning experiences through speakers, research, industry linked design projects, and community outreach that will professionally and personally develop all students and others involved with the organization in implementing sustainable urban agriculture.
Contacts: IUF-Prez@gmail.com and Paul Davidson
The Illini Wildlife and Conservation Club is for students interested in wildlife care, conservation, and wildlife and exotic veterinary medicine. The club schedules speakers ranging from veterinarians to primatologists for their monthly meetings and hosts events such as wet labs at the veterinary hospital. The club also takes trips once a semester to locations in the Midwest such as St. Louis Zoo and the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana.
Contact: Jessie Birckelbaw
The Meat Science Club enhances educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in the meat and animal science industries. Students participate in competitive events on and off campus, which extends their knowledge of the industry. The club also provides a connection between students and various employment and professional development opportunities.
Contact: Ben Peterson
Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) promotes leadership development, enhances academic skills, facilitates networking, and fosters diversity in the food, agricultural, and related sciences.
Contacts: Hugo Calderon and Jesse Thompson
Learn more: Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences
The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) provides meaningful opportunities for students to practice their managerial skills (planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and controlling) and demonstrate their leadership abilities. The organization has regular professional chapter meetings, seminars, and social events. These meetings provide students the opportunity to become highly visible as prospects for employment after graduation.
Contact: Caitlin McClure
Off Road Illini is the University of Illinois Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Team. The team designs, builds, and races a single-seat off-road car in the SAE collegiate competition series. Off Road Illini provides an excellent source of hands-on knowledge of basic engineering principles, with the reward of the creation of a car by the end of the school year.
Contact: Off Road Illini
Pre Vet club provides resources and opportunities for students interested in veterinary medicine to gain valuable experience. Activities include monthly meetings with lectures related to veterinary medicine, shadowing programs, social activities, and fundraising.
Contact: Tori Daniels
Production Animal Club is for students looking to gain more experience with production animals such as sheep, cattle, swine, and poultry. No experience is necessary. Experience will be provided through participation in the club. This club is not just for pre-vet students.
Contact: Annie Ryan
Red Bison is the University of Illinois’ student organization for ecological restoration. Moreover, we’re one of the only restoration-focused student groups in the whole Midwest.
Learn more: Red Bison
Rodeo Club promotes rodeo on a collegiate level and increases interest in the sport, as well as allows students to participate in rodeo events.
Contacts: Allison Tregoning and Jocelyn Delhotal
Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship among its members. The sorority was founded in 1978 at the Ohio State University by five women who wanted an alternative to the social Greek sorority system. Sigma Alpha has become a national organization of more than 50 chapters, and more than 2,200 members have been initiated. Sigma Alpha is an affiliate of American Agri-Women.
Contact: Ali Nation
The Student Dietetic Association is the advocate of the dietetic option in Food Science and Human Nutrition, serving the students and local community through promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
Contact: U of I Student Dietetic Association
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign student chapter of the National Soil and Water Conservation Society works to educate students on the conservation and sustainable management of soil and water resources. Also known as the Illini Soil Judgers, the organization provides students with hands-on experience in soil and water conservation and opportunities to meet with professionals in the field.
Learn more: Illini Soil Judgers
Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) is a registered student organization of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a student program of the University YMCA. SECS promotes environmental action on campus by either spearheading campaigns or collaborating with other organizations on projects that lead to a greener Earth. Join us every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the University YMCA located on Wright Street in Champaign.
Learn more: Students for Environmental Concerns
The Green Observer is the only environmental publication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is a magazine that is completely student-run and is open to all students interested in environmental issues, journalism, illustration, graphic design, and web design. We publish four issues per year that include articles about local environmental concerns, environmental classes and RSOs, tips for environmentally conscious lifestyles, recycled crafts, and much more. The Green Observer meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the University YMCA.
Learn more: The Green Observer
The Wildlife Society's University of Illinois Student Chapter is comprised of students interested in promoting wildlife conservation and is open to all students here at the University of Illinois. Goals of the organization include providing opportunities to gain experience and knowledge about wildlife biology, conservation, and management, and fostering campus and community awareness of wildlife issues. See the Organization's bulletin board in the first floor West hallway of Turner Hall.
Learn more: The Wildlife Society
Teachers 4 Creatures is dedicated to educating and interacting with the local community and schools to increase knowledge about companion animals. Five committees focus on different aspects of the companion animal field, which include anti-breed discrimination, puppy mill education, exotic animals, dog bite prevention, animal-assisted activities, and feline overpopulation.
Contact: Rebecca Back
USGBC Students-UIUC is a registered student organization whose goal is to advance US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) mission to move toward a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. We are officially affiliated with the USGBC, the governing committee for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program. USGBC is helping advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in and remains a key driving force in the green building sector. USGBC Students-UIUC has monthly meetings that focus on current topics on green building concepts from a variety of disciplines.
Learn more: US Green Building Council Student Chapter