A degree isn’t enough to land a great job — experience, involvement and passion are integral to taking the next step after graduation. One easily accessible way to develop outside of the classroom is to join on-campus organizations that focus on subjects, events and opportunities related to your major.
Here are three clubs with LSU chapters that can help students in the College of Engineering — or even those from nontechnical disciplines who have an interest in technical fields — to get a jump on their post-graduation future.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is the world’s largest technical professional organization, and LSU is fortunate enough to have a chapter on campus. The organization’s stated mission is to “foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.” Open to electrical engineers, computer engineers, computer scientists and others interested in these fields, LSU’s IEEE chapter strives to provide members with a mixture of in-class academic learning and real-world professional development.
Members of IEEE can participate in robotics competitions, recruitment efforts by employers, informational presentations and community outreach programs. With an abundance of activities and events, IEEE is the perfect organization to get involved in if you are looking for networking opportunities, research programs, internships, employment opportunities, advancement programs and even skill enhancement.
Women in Computer Science
The computer science field is dominated by men, and this is still reflected in the classroom as well. Female students can feel isolated when they have no female peers to turn to for guidance, support or just conversation. LSU’s chapter of Women in Computer Science was formed to make the major more inclusive and to keep female student retention rates up. Sam Shrestha, president of WICS at LSU, says the organization’s goal “is to give women at LSU a supportive environment to grow as both a person and a student in the field of computer science.”
WICS holds meetings and professional workshops to help members develop their resumes and interview skills, and some events include speakers from the computer science industry. The organization is open to all students — women, men and students from any major can join to support its mission.
Society of Peer Mentors
The Society of Peer Mentors strives to promote STEM fields and keep the College of Engineering’s retention rates high by providing assistance to students. The group works closely with engineering freshmen, teaches grade-school students about STEM fields and develops members’ leadership and professional skills. LSU chapter President Chase Shaheen says SPM is unique in that it is “an interdisciplinary engineering organization, so there are members from all of the engineering majors,” which allows members to network with students from different fields while growing their leadership and professional skills.