Student Organizations

The College of Engineering is invested in creating opportunities for students to further develop their leadership skills and to become more engaged and committed student leaders.  In turn, student orgs are empowered to maximize their impact around the college, the university and the community.  The College of Engineering is home to more than 30 student groups comprised of honors organizations, departmental and multi-disciplinary organizations, diversity and professional organizations, and industry specific organizations.  The SDC, OASIS, and Dean's Office, in conjunction with Engineering Student Council, work together to support recognized student organizations by:

-Creating continuity among organizations from year-to-year and easing officer transition
-Promoting engagement and collaboration among students, organizations and other university groups
-Celebrating the accomplishments and successes of our student leaders
-Providing funding opportunities and guidance on budget management and fund raising

Student organizations recognized by the College of Engineering receive the following benefits:
-Access to Student Organization Rooms (3517 SC & G131 SC)
-Bulletin Board Space in the Seamans Center
-Marketing Around the Seamans Center - Slides on LCD Monitors/Targeted Emails
-Funding Opportunities Administered by Engineering Student Council
-Connections with Alumni and Companies for Seminars, Speakers, etc.
-Advisor Support and Resources
-Printing of Organizational Documents
-Web Site Hosting/Organizational Email Address

Engineering student organizations are encouraged to also utilize the resources of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and become a University recognized organization by registering through Orgsync.

The College of Engineering has two rooms in the Seamans Center, 3517 and G131, dedicated for student organization use.  3517 SC is available anytime and G131 SC is available after 5:00 PM each day and on weekends for small group, officer, and organization meetings.  The Student Development Center or the departmental offices can reserve either area.  The Fethke Rooftop Terrace is also available for special events.  See below for pictures of the areas.  

3517 SC  will hold 12 people comfortably though it does not have a computer or projector.  G131 SC has been remodeled to hold approximately 28 people and is equipped with technology.   Other conference rooms in the Seamans Center must be reserved by the student org advisor.  

                        

All general assignment classrooms (2217, 2229, 1505, 3505, 3321, etc.) need to be scheduled directly through Classroom Scheduling through an on-line request form.  They will need to know the organization name, date of the event, start and end time, event name, and number of expected attendees.  Reservations for General Assignment Classrooms would be appropriate in the event that the org is hosting a professional speaker, the other rooms are not available, or they are not large enough to accommodate the event.  General Assignment Classrooms can only be reserved one month in advance.  Food is allowed in G131 though the group will be responsible for clean-up; food is NOT permitted in any General Assignment Classrooms.  With any student org reservation, groups are subject to a $75 clean-up fee in the event the room is not cleaned after the event and orgs are required to take trash out to the dumpster behind the SC.

Student organizations often require financial resources for materials, events, and professional development.  There are a variety of sources for organizations to acquire funding.

Engineering Student Council (ESC)

ESC provides the management and oversight of funding provided by the College of Engineering.  Organizations can submit electronic funding requests via the Engineering Student Council ICON site.  The form can be found on ICON under the content section.  Requests should be submitted one month in advance in order to allow ESC adequate time to review the request and have the funds transferred to the appropriate account.  Decisions from ESC are typically made within two weeks of submitting the request.  ESC will provide funds for conferences and symposiums, industry field trips, design competitions, and materials for projects/events based on availability of funds.

Engineering Professional Development

Funds are available for networking and professional development purposes through Engineering Professional Development.  Examples could include hosting or traveling to a regional or national conference or competition, bringing in speakers or panelists, coordinating a site tour, etc.  Funding requests could include helping with travel costs, registration fees, room and catering reservations, etc.

University of Iowa Student Government (UISG)

UISG funding allocations are made using a portion of the Student Activity Fees. Each organization applying for UISG funds must be a University-recognized student organization through OrgSync.  More information about applying for UISG funds including the supplemental funding deadlines can be found at: https://uisg.uiowa.edu/funding-topics/supplemental-funding-1/.

Private Funding

For organizations that require substantial funding (i.e. hosting a regional conference, competing in an engineering competition), student organizations may be able to solicit funding from sources outside the University.  All other sources must be explored first to determine additional funding is needed beyond the traditional sources. Pre-approval must first be obtained through the Student Development Center and College of Engineering Dean's Office before soliciting funding from outside sources.  Organizations must also work closely with a departmental or college faculty adviser and following collegiate fundraising guidelines. 

Fundraisers

Many groups rely on fundraising to help support the organization as well as plan and put on special events. Finding a secure form of fundraising for the organization is necessary. Some organizations only fundraise once a year and others may fundraise throughout the year. Fundraising can be conducted in many ways, including:

Some organizations require members to pay dues in order to generate operating revenue or to exchange for services, opportunities, or materials provided by the student organization. Membership dues may be assessed in a variety of ways and can include one-time fees, recurring dues, or dues to a national organization.  If dues or other fees are required, they must be reflected in the organization's constitution or bylaws. 

With any fund raising activities, organizations must follow all university cash-handling policies and provide careful oversight of the organizations budget.

Recruitment and engagement is key to the success of any student organization.  Every group needs new members to share diverse ideas, sustain organizational operations, and lead initiatives.  Organizations must offer programming related to the group's mission to engage it's members in order to help them grow personally, academically, and professionally. Marketing is an essential piece to recruiting and engaging members.  Below are some ideas to help increase awareness about your organization.

Online 

  • Social Media (College and Organization Pages): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Organization Web Site
  • OrgSync (University Student Organization Portal)

University/College

  • University Student Organization Fair
  • University Events Calendar
  • College of Engineering Student Organization Fair
  • College-Wide Emails
  • Seamans Center Displays
  • Bulletin Boards in SC Hallways
  • College of Engineering eWeek, Home Page Highlight, or Iowa Engineer Magazine

In-Person

  • Table in SC Student Commons
  • Through Apparel and Other Swag
  • Word of Mouth

If you have any questions or would like to further brainstorm ideas to help your student organization recruit members or increase engagement, contact Kelli Delfosse in the Student Development Center, 3124 SC.

List of Organizations

Students in from of annual Corn Monument

OrgSync

Annual Awards Banquet

Annual Awards Banquet