UCSD Student Organizations 2016-2017

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Academic Connection of Engineers (ACE)

The mission of ACE is to facilitate active group study to foster academic achievement and social development among undergraduate engineering students. Further, this organization will exist to: 1. Assist each member to achieve his or her own academic potential 2. Provide students with the environment to build lasting relationships with other engineering students 3. Create a medium in which students can develop their leadership and team problem-solving skills 4. Encourage students to establish connections with faculty and alumni of the engineering department.
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American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (ACSSA)

To serve UCSD chemistry majors by providing a friendly environment for the intellectual exploration of relevant industrial chemistry and chemical research topics. We aim to provide students interested in science with networking, outreach and volunteering opportunities that will help them define their goals, choose their career path and pursue their intended career. La Jolla
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Application of Stable Isotopes in Natural and Social Sciences

To allow for the discussion of data and best practices regrading the use of stable isotopes in natural and social sciences.
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Astronomy Club at UCSD

This club is for UCSD undergraduates who are interested in astronomy to get together, learn astronomy knowledge, do observations, connect with astrophysics faculties and have fun. We also aim to share our interest in astronomy with more schoolmates.
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AVID Alumni Association

The purpose of this organization is to create a network of support for former AVID students attending UCSD as well as accommodate other UC San Diego students. The UCSD AVID Alumni Association will uphold AVID’s mission statement by preparing all students for a successful transition into our global society. The AVID Alumni Association hopes to fulfill its mission by providing service, professional networking, increasing college persistence rates, and engaging in effective collaborations and partnerships with school and community organizations. We plan on establishing a figurative bridge that will make the transition the University of California, San Diego less difficult for incoming freshmen, while also providing upperclassmen with the resources they need to be successful in their respective college and career aspirations.
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Bioengineering Graduate Society

The Bioengineering Graduate Society (BEGS) aims to be an interface for bioengineering graduate students at UC San Diego, their department, and the local community. Since its creation in 1994, the BEGS mission is to foster professional, educational, and social development opportunities through relationships with industry, alumni, and students. BEGS is a graduate student-run organization with the aid of the Bioengineering Department.
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Biological Sciences Student Association

With nearly 20 percent of the UCSD undergraduate population declared as biology majors, the Biological Sciences Student Association (BSSA) plays a crucial role in expanding opportunities and enhancing the overall educational and social experiences of these students during their time here. In addition, BSSA assists in preparing students for a wide range of career opportunities.
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BioScholars Program (formerly Biological Science Scholars Program)

The Biological Sciences Scholars Program (BSSP) is committed to promoting excellence in scholarship, service, and leadership among the Biological Sciences Scholars and the UCSD community. BSSP is a learning community dedicated to providing undergraduate students: support for student transition to UCSD and the Biology community establishing a connection with biology peers exploration of issues and opportunities in the sciences and professions understanding of the diversity of UCSD and the field of science opportunities to enhance leadership skills guidance to resources and faculty to assist students on their science journey
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California Geotechnical Engineering Association Student Chapter

Engage current geotechnical students in a meaningful organization, founded on the basis of common interests and a desire to learn about geotechnical topics, Coordinate outreach efforts in order to spark interest in geotechnical engineering amongst undergraduate engineering students, and in the local community. Collaborate with faculty, staff members, and existing engineering groups on campus to provide a better engineering experience for students at the University of California San Diego.
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Chem-E-Car Project

Chem-E-Car Project aims to provide chemical engineering students with the opportunity to participate in a team-oriented hands-on design and construction of a small chemical powered model car. In addition, it helps increase awareness of the chemical engineering discipline among the general public, industry leaders, educators and other students.
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Chemistry Peer Advisory League (ChemPAL)

The mission of Chemistry Peer Advisory League (ChemPAL) is to provide mentoring to undergraduate students studying Chemistry and opportunities to serve as mentors for graduate students in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department. The group focuses on supporting first generation undergraduate students and other minority students who are majoring in chemistry, though is not exclusive to those groups. Small mentoring groups matching graduate student mentors with undergraduate mentees meet throughout the academic year to support the undergraduate mentees. Additionally, group-wide quarterly events are hosted to foster community. Other opportunities, such as lab tours and science demos may also be hosted to promote a more collective excitement for chemistry. Objectives: ChemPAL seeks to build a welcoming and encouraging community for all undergraduates considering degrees and careers in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related fields. ChemPAL mentoring groups will help mentees find their confidence and passion in Chemistry & Biochemistry. ChemPAL will help undergraduate students grow a professional network by forging stronger connections to fellow students and graduate students.
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Collaboration for Neuroscience

It is our organization’s philosophy to involve our members in a holistic application of undergraduate neuroscience. Members will have the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers, explore undergraduate research, and improve the San Diego community through neuro-focused academic outreach and local volunteering. Ultimately, we aim to provide the our members with a means to engage neuroscience outside of the classroom.
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Colors of the Brain

Colors of the Brain aims to foster a sense of community for underrepresented minority brain scientists. As the organization grows, mentoring collaborations will be arranged with undergraduate research diversity programs.
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Computer Science and Engineering Society

The purpose and aim of the Computer Science and Engineering Society is to provide an opportunity for interested students to investigate the basis of engineering and programming.
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Data Science Student Society at UCSD

The Data Science Student Society at UCSD is an interdisciplinary academic organization designed to immerse the community in the diverse and growing facets of Data Science: Machine Learning, Computational Statistics, Data Mining, Visualization, Predictive Analytics, and any new emerging relevant fields of study. With practical hands-on data projects, a professional portfolio-building approach, and fun outreach activities, the Data Science Student Society at UCSD strives to enrich the academic life of the student community by strengthening them for success in their current and future pursuits of Data Science related fields.
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Design, Build, Launch

The American Astronautical Society and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics have organized an annual student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics. CanSat is an annual competition that requires each team to design, build, and launch a payload/deployment system that will satisfy a set of challenging mission requirements. The Design, Build, Launch (DBL) team at UCSD strives to further each member's understanding of engineering topics and deepen their passion for engineering. We are a small project, where each member's contributions will be recognized and valued. We aim to build the best cansat with hands-on expertise and self-taught technical knowledge.
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Design/Build/Fly

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics hosts an annual Design/Build/Fly competition for universities to design and build a plane that best meets the unique goals and rules for the year. The UCSD DBF team seeks to gather interested students to cultivate their knowledge of the design and build techniques for model airplane flight. In doing so, participants will be part of an entire project team, learning the engineering work ethics and design processes required to see ideas through to success. This is a very hands-on project and provides a medium for students to apply their knowledge and passion towards.
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ECE Undergraduate Student Council

The ECE Undergraduate Student Council (USC) is the voice of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) undergraduate students at UCSD. Through networking, programming, leadership, & relevant education, the council strives to effect change within the department & campus at large, building a stronger & longer-lasting community for current & future engineers. The USC is committed to carrying out ECE’s mission statement of educating tomorrow’s technology leaders.
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Ecology, Behavior & Evolution Club at UCSD

The Ecology, Behavior & Evolution Club at UCSD seeks to provide students with research opportunities, internship guidance, and information regarding careers in ecology, behavior & evolution (EBE). The group also serves as a social nexus for students with EBE interests, and provides an organizational structure to promote volunteer activities.
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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

The purpose of EMBS shall be to improve its members knowledge of the bioengineering field, focusing especially on its application to medical instrumentation and bioinformatics. EMBS will provide opportunities which support members’ professional development by teaching career skills, creating opportunities for networking, and promoting understanding of career prospects and requirements.
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Eta Kappa Nu ( HKN)

Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) is the student honor society of IEEE and is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in IEEE fields of interest. Members consist of students, alumni, and professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Student members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character, and leadership. At UCSD, HKN provides free tutoring and hosts a variety of workshops and events to promote technical, professional, and academic development.
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Eve

Eve primarily exists to provide an environment to learn about information security. Eve also provides social opportunities for students sharing an interest in information security, and promotes awareness of information security.
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Gates Millennium Scholars Association at UCSD

To create a campus-based community among Gates Millennium Scholars.
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Global Development Council

The mission of the Global Development Council is to help students aware the importance of Global Development to self development, and thus foster the comprehensive development of students. We provide academic workshops about Global and local issue and and help students understand the society as a whole. Also we operate our official accounts on public platforms, writing and posting the essays which advocate the global development. We also hold networking event with alumni or the successful people, in order to help students reach self development while being aware of global development. Global Development Council also focus on the connections with other organizations or companies. We hold workshops or write journals or have GBM together with other organizations in order to fulfill our global mission. Global Development Council is an non-profit organization.
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Graduate Bioinformatics Council

The objective of the Graduate Bioinformatics Council (GBIC) shall be to represent and advance the career, community, and outreach interests and objectives of the students of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BISB) and Biomedical Informatics (BMI) PhD programs, and to participate in volunteer educational events at local, national, and international levels.
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Graduate Society of NanoEngineers

Our mission is to represent the collective interests of the student body of graduate nanoengineers and to foster the professional, academic, and social development of nanoengineering graduate students by working with the UCSD Department of NanoEngineering to provide 1) opportunities for grads to build relationships and network with other graduate students, department faculty and alumni, and members of industry, 2) resources to help new students transition smoothly to graduate school both academically and socially, and 3) programs that help graduate students to work beyond the lab and participate in outreach events. GSN at University of California, San Diego aims to work at the interface between the graduate student body, the department administration, faculty, and staff, and the local and professional community, acting as a liaison between these parties.
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GradWIC

The objective of GradWIC shall be to foster an innovative, informative and comfortable environment to advance the interests and address the concerns of women graduate students in Computer Science and Engineering at University of California, San Diego.
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Human Development Program Student Association (HDPSA) at UCSD

The Human Development Program Student Association or HDPSA is a undergraduate organization that focuses on expanding awareness about the Human Development Major/Minor on campus and providing students in the Human Development Program resources to aid them in learning and gaining research and career advice. Along with that, HDPSA aims to create a community in which students in the Human Development Program will be able to have meaningful connection with staff and faculty.
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International Studies Student Association (ISSA) at UCSD

The International Studies Student Association (also: ISSA) is the official student organization of the International Studies Program (ISP) Department at the University of California, San Diego. The organization gathers like-minded individuals who share diverse interests in international studies and international relations. ISSA intends to provide a platform of rich experiences and opportunities in international studies.
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Kommon Society

Kommon Society is a student organization for Korean and Korean-American undergraduate students with social science majors. Kommon Society aims to: 1) establish an academic environment among Korean and Korean-American students with Social Science majors; 2) facilitate a mutually beneficial network among students with same majors and career goals; 3) provide opportunities for various academic and professional experiences to prepare each individual's future; and 4) promote interest in contemporary global issues throughout the campus.
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Linguistics Undergraduate Association (LINGUA)

Our purpose is to unify linguistics majors, minors and interested students through scholarly discussion, social activities and faculty interaction. We aim to foster a warm, inviting environment in which to explore academic and occupational opportunities within UCSD Linguistics department and beyond.
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Material Advantage Student Chapter at UCSD

The Material Advantage Student Chapter at UCSD seeks to enable students interested in pursuing a career in the fields of Materials Science and Engineering to make the most out of their experience through connections with the four premiere professional societies in the field of Materials Science and Engineering: • The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) • Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) • ASM International® (ASM) • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) The Chapter also seeks to host professional and outreach events in collaboration with other on campus organizations as well as corporate and community partners. More information about the national Material Advantage organization may be found online: http://materialadvantage.org/
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NanoEngineering & Technology Society

NET is a non-profit organization which facilitates communication and cooperation between NanoEngineering students, faculty members, and the industry abroad of NanoEngineering.
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National Society of Collegiate Scholars, NSCS

As an honor society, we promote leadership, honor, integrity, as well as service on campus as well as in the community.
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Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a nationally recognized organization that is geared towards the personal and professional development of queer or LGBTQIA+ students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through social, educational, professional, philanthropic, and outreach programming. It is also focused on helping students throughout UCSD and San Diego connect to a broader community of queer folks (students and professionals) whose academic interests lie in similar fields.
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Phi Sigma Pi

Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity is a co-educational honor fraternity with the purpose of fostering the ideals of scholarship, leadership and fellowship.
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Psi Chi

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, seeks to encourage and stimulate excellence in the field of psychology. We do this by providing resources, information, and activities that allow students to reach their academic, career, and personal goals. Some of these events include: guest speakers with real-life experience in psychology, graduate school panels, socials, and community service projects. Our goal is to foster a diverse community centered on mutual enthusiasm and interest in psychology.
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SACNAS Chapter at UC San Diego

The purposes of this organization shall be: (1) To further the work of, to improve the effectiveness of, and to enhance the public understanding of and appreciation for Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in science; (2) To cooperate with other individuals, organizations, clubs, and other groups whose purposes include the achievement of public understanding for Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in the sciences; (3) To promote student recruitment and retention of Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in science at UC San Diego; (4) To provide a forum for students from different science majors and science related majors to come together for academic, community service and social activities at UC San Diego.
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San Diego Developers

To promote the growth of software development and encourage students to undertake long term development projects with partners in order to reinforce the concept of programming as a team
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San Diego Microbiology Group

The San Diego Microbiology Group (SDMG) was organized in 1996 to address the need for greater scientific and collegial interaction among microbiologists in the greater San Diego and Southern California areas. Since its inception, the primary goal of the SDMG has been to increase communication in the microbiology community by sponsoring monthly evening seminars and an annual all-day symposium in the spring. SDMG affords the opportunity for microbiologists of all ages, interests, and affiliations to gather and, before and after the talks, enjoy the opportunity to meet others of like interests.
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Scholars Society at UCSD

To promote academic development among recipients of any UCSD Scholarships, to facilitate communication among UCSD scholars and alumni, and to provide service for the surrounding community.
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Scripps Student Symposium Committee

The Scripps Student Symposium Committee plans, organizes, promotes, and hosts the annual Scripps Student Symposium. The Committee seeks to promote student research and collaboration across disciplines within the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Society of Physics Students at UCSD

SPS strives to create a space for Physics students to connect and find a community where they can make friends and get support as they go through their time here at UCSD. We hope to be a link and resource for students to our Physics department and our faculty, by providing our members information about upcoming events hosted by our Physics department as well as hosting our own events that would help students meet and talk to professors. These events would include, but aren't limited to, research presentations, socials, and lab tours. Additionally, we would serve as a link for students to register with the National Society for Physics Students, and typically host the annual Physics Graduation.
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Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students (SUMS)

To unite math students under a social umbrella, to strengthen the relationship between students and professors, to provide information about careers, internships, and other opportunities in mathematics, and to explore mathematics in a fun, non-profit environment.
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Sociology Club

• To provide an organization for students who are interested in sociology. To create a fun and supportive environment for incoming and existing students. To educate students about upcoming deadlines, events, and helping them network with other likeminded students. To provide an opportunity to network with the staff and faculty in the Sociology department. To provide learning experiences that are educationally illuminating and to prepare students for a future in sociology. To inform sociology students of service, career and summer opportunities in the field of sociology.
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Students for Global Health

To promote global health undergraduate student collaboration by striving to advance student’s knowledge, opportunities, and careers in the field. We uphold an interdisciplinary alliance with diverse majors, staff, faculty, and organizations around the globe. We promote and educate members of our club and school on illness, health, and healing, through perspectives that transcend national borders and regional interests.
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Synbio

The purpose of SynBio is to: 1. Raise awareness of and drive interest in the field of synthetic biology, 2. Provide workshops to build the skillsets needed to be effective in synthetic biology, 3. Encourage interdisciplinary modes of thinking and collaboration, 4. Create an inclusive community for individuals of all biology-related interests. 5. Foster the growth and development of Open Source Biology.
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Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the premier engineering honor society in the United States and one of the top three honor societies in the nation. The Society focuses on serving its members and the public with enthusiasm and excellence. The Association also strives to promote excellence in the fields of engineering, thus helping to improve the perception of the profession.
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Triton Rocket Club

Triton Rocket Club is a non-profit student organization at the University of California, San Diego (herein, UCSD) which seeks to form an experimental laboratory group that plans on designing and creating rockets. • Promoting student interest in science and mathematics. • Exposing students to higher levels of mathematics and science reasoning. • Forming a discussion group with topics directed by student interest. • Providing a venue for students to experience topics outside the normal school curriculum • Informing members about summer opportunities related to science, mathematics, and engineering.
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Triton Unmanned Aerial Systems at UCSD

We are an undergraduate engineering project team that builds an autonomous airplane to fly at the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition. The team is multi-disciplinary consisting of three subteams. The airframe team designs, analyzes and builds a reliable aerial platform to house and transport a variety of avionics packages. The embedded team designs the payload and electronics. The software team programs the ability to complete mission tasks such as autonomously recognizing targets and dynamic path planning.
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Undergraduate Economic Society

The purpose of the Organization is to create a community of students and faculty members defined by an interest in the study of Economics.
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Undergraduate Women in Physics

The Undergraduate Women in Physics is a student organization dedicated to promoting women in physics by providing access to a network and community for women in physics, as well as support in pursuing research and higher education. Our purpose is also to improve the physics community in UCSD and to promote interactions between the faculty, undergraduates and graduate students of the Physics department and help people recognize and appreciate women in physics.
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Virtual Reality Club at UCSD

The purpose of the Virtual Reality Club at UCSD is to provide a common place where students that are interested in Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality can go to learn more about this new and exciting technology.
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Warren Equilibrium

“The Equilibrium” is established for the expressed purpose of providing a stimulating academic discourse and exchange of ideas and research at the undergraduate level. This organization is dedicated to the publication of research conducted by undergraduate students of Earl Warren College at the University of California, San Diego and other articles, materials, etc. that is deemed to be in relation or conjunction to the organization’s expressed purpose. “The Equilibrium” is a not-for-profit student organization.
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Women in Bioengineering

The purpose of the organization is to provide an academic, professional and career-supportive environment to graduate students in Bioengineering. The organization will strive to facilitate career and professional events to benefit the potential career path of its members. The organization may co-sponsor and participate in on-campus and outreach activities with other campus and community groups, as appropriate. Women in Bioengineering is a non-profit student organization.
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Women in ECE (WeCe)

To build a community among graduate women in Electrical and Computer Engineering to enhance their career opportunities.
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