The School of Computing and Information hosts a number of organizations for students that will provide you with opportunities to network, allow you to get to know your fellow students, and help you to boost your leadership/professional skills.
For more information regarding governance of student organizations, please contact Alka Singh. All details (for example, how to access University funds or planning an event) are kept on a wiki for which you will be given a log-in and password.
American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
Membership to this student chapter is open to all School of Computing and Information students; however, there are dues that cover student membership in the national ASIS&T organization. Activities include participation in the ASIS&T mid-year and annual meetings as well as monthly meetings here at the Information Sciences Building, which include guest speakers, and tours of local facilities of interest. The goal of the organization is to foster professionalism among students.
Beta Phi Mu (BPM)
Beta Phi Mu, the library and information science honor society, was founded at the University of Illinois in 1948. Its motto, “Aliis inserviendo consumor,” meaning “Consumed in the service of others,” emphasizes the service aspects of the library and information science professions. Pi Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information is one of the more than 50 international chapters of Beta Phi Mu.
For more information, please click here.
Computer Science Club (CSC)
We are a community of young programmers taking charge of our education. Pitt students of all majors and skill levels are welcome at our events. If you want to be a better programmer, you belong.
Diversity Student Organization (DSO)
The Diversity Student Organization (DSO) is an undergraduate and graduate student organization for students currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing degrees at the School of Computing and Information.
Members of DSO:
- encourage the recruitment and retention of historically underrepresented groups within the School
- provide a network for current and incoming students that will address diversity concerns within the School
- promote awareness of diversity concerns, recruitment, financial assistance, and orientation to the campus environment within School’s Administration
This group meets throughout the year to share experiences, socialize, and to plan outreach activities.
The Doctoral Guild is the student organization for all doctoral and Certificate of Advanced Study students. It functions as a forum for discussing and suggesting solutions for doctoral-student issues, providing doctoral-student representation on several School of Computing and Information committees, initiating student-sponsored projects, and welcoming new doctoral and advanced-study students. They also sponsor several social events throughout the year.
For more information about the Doctoral Guild contact us at email@example.com.
Graduate & Professional Student Government (GPSG)
Graduate & Professional Student Government is the official umbrella organization for graduate and professional students at the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of GPSG is to represent both the academic and non-academic interests of all graduate and professional students, and to provide student-initiated and student-controlled services. GPSG does not supplant graduate student organizations in departments or schools, but rather coordinates joint efforts, promotes communications among the schools, and provides a unified voice for graduate students to the University community.
For more information contact GPSG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Student Organization (ISO)
The International Students Organization (ISO) is comprised of students from around the world. They serve as a resource for newly-arrived international students, to assist them with housing information and acquaint them with the Pitt culture.
For more information contact ISO at email@example.com.
National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)
The NDSA at Pitt is a student chapter of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. This group provides a forum for students interested in digital stewardship issues such as: collecting, preserving, and ensuring long-term access to digital content. This group hosts hands-on activities including field trips, demonstrations, and guest lectures – all valuable opportunities for professional development and networking.
Learn more about the group at their blog.
A forum for LGBTQIA+ concerns in the information professions. Open Mind’s goals are 1) to make the School of Computing and Information a welcoming environment for LGBTQIA+ persons and allies and 2) to provide informational resources on sexual orientation and related topics such as bibliographies, webliographies, and guest speakers.
For more information contact Open Mind at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitt Cybersecurity Club
In an increasingly connected world, the Computer Security Club is a place for students to get together and discuss methods of attacking and defending computer systems. They host capture-the-flag events as well as weekly meetings to discuss security-relevant current events and tackle mock security challenges.
Pitt LAN and Gaming Club
The Purpose of the LAN Party and Gaming Club (LPC) is to facilitate and promote the group-oriented playing of video games on both consoles and computers, organize amateur tournaments among its members, and allow video game enthusiasts to discuss the playing and development of video games from an artistic, technical, and industry perspective. This club’s members include a wide range of enthusiasts, from casual gamers to the art, business, and computer science students interested in careers in the multi-billion dollar video game industry.
Robotics Club (RAS Robotics and Automation Society)
The Robotics Club is comprised of many members with varying backgrounds and years of experience. All are encouraged to join—whether they’ve had years of robotics experience or have no experience at all. Other activities include social events, skills workshops, and company tours.
For more information, visit our website.
School of Computing and Information Graduate Organization (SCIGO)
While all School of Computing and Information graduate students are automatically members of the School of Computing and Information Graduate Organization (SCIGO), participation is optional. The purpose of SCIGO is to represent our graduate students in the University community; to further the career and social interests of our members; to provide a formal channel of communication between students, faculty, and administration; and to develop opportunities for professional growth by fostering contacts with local, regional, and national professional organizations.
Society of American Archivists (SAA)
The University of Pittsburgh’s Society of American Archivists Student Chapter is one of the earliest established student chapters affiliated with the Society of American Archivists—the flagship of professional organizations in the archives field. SAASC facilitates and encourages membership; provides a forum for discussion; acquaints members with the SAA; develops and encourages interaction with other student groups; and engages students with professional members of the archival community.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Special Libraries Association (SLA)
The student chapter of Special Libraries Association (SLA) explores nontraditional avenues of librarianship. This organization seek to open avenues to special libraries, including but not limited to corporate, law, medical, health, art, and museum libraries. In an effort to maintain an understanding of the services provided within these libraries, SLA tours library facilities, requests professional speakers from libraries, and more. SLA student chapter provides support, networking, and leadership opportunities.
Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA)
The Pittsburgh Student Chapter of the American Library Association is an affiliate of ALA, the world’s largest professional library association. The organization provides members access to a huge network of professionals and resources. SCALA sponsors professional development and social events, provides funding for conference participation, and serves to support the library student community through leadership and service opportunities.
For more information, visit our Facebook page.
Students for Startups (S4S)
Students for Startups strives to develop student skills by connecting the startup community in Pittsburgh to the student talent and vice versa.
For more information, follow us on Twitter at @S4Spitt.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)
The mission of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Computing and Information Disciplines. Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honorary society whose membership consists of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in Computing and Information Disciplines.
Women in Computer Science (WiCS)
Pitt Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is a student organization at the University of Pittsburgh that focuses on increasing participation of women in the field of computer science and technology-related fields.
Women in Information Sciences (WIS)
Female students in the Information Sciences field face several challenges in their careers such as working in a male-dominated field and achieving a proper work/life balance. The purpose of this organization is to build a support network among female students to help them face these challenges successfully.