More than 40 organizations provide our students with the opportunity to network, learn about careers, and contribute to the life of our college. The ACES Council serves as a liaison between student clubs and faculty and facilitates the development and success of our student organizations.
If your club or organization would like to advertise an event or learning opportunity to our students, please read through the College of ACES Office of Academic Programs Mass Email Protocol before you submit a request to advertise.
If you are in an ACES Registered Student Organization and would like to request additional funding for a project, please view the application.
The university hosts more than 1,000 other registered student organizations (RSOs) across campus.
ABE Ambassadors represent the Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) department to prospective and admitted students and the general public. They work with faculty and staff to build the department community, increase the visibility of its disciplines, and engage alumni, donors, and friends.
Contact: Anne Marie Boone
ACES James Scholar Activities & Communications Team
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. They use their talents in writing, photography, and social media to engage ACES James Scholars through electronic media, organizing special events, and contributing content to Honors Program publications.
Contact: Anna Ball
Learn more: James Scholar Activities & Communications Team
ACES Student Advancement Committee
The Student Advancement Committee (SAC) is a group of undergraduate students who work with the ACES Office of Advancement to raise funds for college programs. They serve as college ambassadors to work with alumni groups and assist with student recruitment. Visit the SAC Facebook Page and website for more information.
Contact: Ainsley Peterson
AFA Leaders Conference
AFA Leaders Conference is a four-track program that gives students professional development opportunities. This program bridges the gap between academic, leadership, and work experiences while helping students develop problem-solving skills. Students enjoy the opportunity to network with peers and leaders in the agriculture industry to learn about career opportunities. Students can also attend the AFA Leaders Conference. If you need help covering the cost of attendance, please click here.
Contact: Raegan Kulenkamp
Learn more: AFA Leaders Conference
Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT)
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 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.
Contact: Rachel McGreal
Most college fraternities are strictly social. And Alpha Gamma Rho offers that same social experience – you’ll make friends and create memories that will stay with you the rest of your life. AGR is legendary for being one of the tightest-knit groups of friends on campus. But there’s an added benefit to AGR membership that most other fraternities simply can’t offer. Because we’re also a professional fraternity – in our case, all our members share some connection to the agriculture industry.
Alpha Epsilon Honor Society
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 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.
Alpha Tau Alpha/Ag Ed Club
Alpha Tau Alpha is a professional honorary organization that promotes agricultural education through scholarship and fellowship among members. Activities include regular professional development field trips to cities like Chicago and Indianapolis and working with high school students and professionals in the field.
Contact: Gary Ochs
President: Brodee McCormick
American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers
The American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers Student Branch (ASABE) aids in the professional development of agricultural engineering students and brings them into contact with their peers in a non-academic environment.
Contact: Raunak Bansal
Learn more: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
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: Sophia Hortin
Collegiate 4-H is a service-oriented organization that develops leadership abilities in its membership and bridges the gap between recent 4-H alumni and Extension staff.
Companion Animals Club
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: Taylor Glaser
Consumer Economics & Finance Club
Consumer Economics & Finance Club (CEF Club), is dedicated to providing students with a variety of professional development services. The club provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge in the consumer economics and finance industry through professional guest speakers, workshops, and networking with other CEF student members.
Contact: Professor Angeal Lyons
Crop Sciences Graduate Student Organization (CSGO)
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.
Learn more: https://csgo.cropsciences.illinois.edu/
FarmHouse Fraternity promotes the growth and welfare of our members through a four-fold focus of intellectual, social/moral, spiritual, and physical development. Such occurs when brothers – both students and alumni – gather together in a learning environment that inspires continued improvement as a scholar and as a gentleman of high character. Such affiliation encourages success in one’s career, in one’s personal relationships and in one’s community and civic engagement.
Learn more: https://farmhouse.web.illinois.edu/wp/
Field & Furrow advances 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: Sally Reed
FSHN Graduate Student Association
FSHNGSA is run by graduate students in food science and human nutrition to increase their interaction among faculty and graduate students by providing social, academic, and career-related events. Everyone is welcome.
Learn more: FSHN Graduate Student Association
With a passion for gardening and a mission to help students, Grow2Give started with as a simple idea by founder and President Sydney Curts, a Natural Resources and Environmental Science student at UIUC, and has quickly grown into something bigger.
Contact: Sydney Curts
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.
Learn More: UIUC Horticulture Club
Hospitality Management Association
The Hospitality Management Association provides students in 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.
Contact: Katie Dunscomb
Human Interest Professionals Club
The Human Interest Professions Club provides students with opportunities to volunteer in the community, enhance their leadership skills, and develop as professionals through mentorship. The HIP Club's forte is volunteer work and organized events with people in the community. Members volunteer at local soup kitchens and nursing homes, support area charities, and participate in events to raise awareness of children's issues. Each year the club sponsors a Halloween party for children at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. HIP Club members are also prominent in College of ACES’ activities and the College's leadership development programs.
Contact: Mary Chung
Students in Illini Algae Club can partner with ABE graduate students to help with projects using algae, learn laboratory techniques, and help advance current research. Beyond the ABE department, the club organizes its members in conjunction with other organizations to facilitate involvement in competitions on 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: Carli Hoffman at 618-322-3219
IlliDell of Alpha Gamma Sigma is a fraternity whose roots date back to 1949. Founded on the ideals of friendship and equality, we at IlliDell have a very strong bond of brotherhood. Our belief in strength from within has helped us prepare for successful careers in agriculture. Our brethren hold leadership positions in the classroom, in campus organizations, and in the job world. Here at IlliDell, we never lose sight that academics are the main reason we are here, and we truly cultivate strong, capable men.
Illini Dairy Club
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: Payton Arnett
Illini Emerging Leaders
Illini Emerging Leaders is a professional organization that believes all students have the capacity to become effective leaders. This organization is a home for all students to:
- Develop leadership skills
- Grow individually alongside a team
- Network with professionals and other Illinois students
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 the opportunity to enjoy horse-related activities with others with similar interests. Members can participate in all aspects of planning and managing horse shows and clinics throughout the year.
Contact: Payton Arnett
Learn more: Illini Equestrians
Illini Foresters advances the interests of forestry students in student affairs and campus activities; promotes fellowship among forestry student faculty and alumni, and furthers students' professional development.
Contact: Jay Hayek
Illini Urban Farmers
The Illini Urban Farmers organization provides hands-on learning experiences through speakers, research, industry-linked design projects, and community outreach. These activities help students develop professionally and personally in implementing sustainable urban agriculture.
Contacts: Amelia Keating
Illini Wildlife & Conservation
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: Marrina White
Social: Facebook and Instagram
Illinois Student Council on Family Relations (ISCFR)
The Illinois Student Council on Family Relations (ISCFR) is a professional organization for graduate and undergraduate students who are preparing for careers in human development, family policy, family counseling, academia, and other related areas. ISCFR provides educational, service learning, and professional development activities for students while promoting family education and awareness in our local community. Some of our activities include:
- Discussion of topics related to families and family development and relationships
- Community service
- Learning research presentation skills
- Annual conferences
- Career exploration/preparation
- Graduate school exploration/preparation
Institue for Scientific Progess, Innovation, Research, and Edutraining
The Institue for Scientific Progess, Innovation, Research, and Edutraining believes that education is a necessary means for human and economic growth. At InSPIRE, we are a group of scientists, engineers, students, and community leaders that aim to capitalize our resources in science, cutting-edge research and development, and academia to create Edu-training and workforce opportunities for the underserved community, including students and those who serve and protect our country.
Contact: Justin Habana
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 to extend their knowledge of the industry. The club also provides a connection between students and various employment and professional development opportunities.
Contact: Brandon Klehm
Microbial Early-career Researcher Association (MicroERA)
The Microbial Early-career Researcher Association (MicroERA) is for anyone with an interest in microbial systems! This group provides opportunities for professional development and networking for undergraduate, graduate students, and postdocs whose interests or research are broadly relevant to microbiome or microbial sciences.
Contact: Shannon Sirk
Learn more: Microbial Early-career Researcher Association
Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS)
Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS) promotes leadership development, enhances academic skills, facilitates networking, and fosters diversity in the food, agricultural, and related sciences.
Contacts: Roxanne Patiño and Diana Rodriguez
Learn more: Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences
Nabor House is a small, agricultural fraternity at the University of Illinois. Located on Lincoln Avenue, Nabor House has the shortest walk to the Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) campus of any fraternity. Nabor House is also the lowest-cost housing option on campus, with a rent of $650 per month that covers utilities, internet, cable, parking, and 16 meals per week. Members value agriculture, cooperative living, Christian values, and recreation. Nabor House has posted a cumulative GPA above 3.0 for 27 consecutive semesters and hosts weekly Bible studies. All Nabors pitch in with the cleaning of the house and preparing meals to keep costs to a minimum while learning valuable life skills in the process.
National Agri-Marketing Association
The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) provides meaningful opportunities for students to practice their managerial skills 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: Riley Bergmann
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
The 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.
Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. 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 is an affiliate of American Agri-Women.
Contact: email@example.com or Bailee Fanning
Student Dietetic Association
The Student Dietetic Association advocates for dietetic students in Food Science and Human Nutrition. They serve students and the local community through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
Contact: Karly Miller
Students for Environmental Concerns
Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) promotes environmental action on campus by spearheading campaigns and 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.
Contact: Susan Helmink
The Wildlife Society promotes wildlife conservation and is open to all students. Organizational goals 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
The UIUC Child Life Association is an organization for students looking to go into the field of Child Life – working with children and their families in hospital settings. The club prepares students for careers by helping them prepare for practicums, internships, and exams. Additionally, the club provides students with the opportunity to travel to different Children's Hospitals for Child Life conferences to become more educated about the field. The club helps out in the community as well, by hosting a Halloween party in the Pediatrics Unit at Carle Hospital, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, helping the Child Life Specialist at Carle Hospital promote Pediatrics Month and more. We also provide students with the opportunity to volunteer at Crisis Nursery.
vermiCUlture is an environmental organization focused on addressing climate change issues related to food waste management. After winning the World YMCA Climate Action Summit in 2020, this group of YMCA UIUC students founded vermiCUlture. Since 2021, they have been providing free vermicomposting kits to students, faculty, staff, and community members in Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy, Illinois to vermicompost at home, and education materials on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Contact: Nina Wong
4H House Cooperative Sorority
The 4-H House Goals are to strengthen the bonds of friendship, develop a spirit of unity among its members, promote scholastic interests, maintain an enriching home at a lower cost, and provide social activities.