In ACES, over 30 organizations provide students with the opportunity to network, learn about careers, and contribute to the life of the college. From student clubs based on common interests to honorary societies, there are plenty of ways to get involved in ACES. The ACES Council serves as the liaison between the student clubs and faculty, and facilitates the development and success of ACES student organizations.
In addition, there are over 1,000 other registered student organizations (RSOs) across campus.
ACE Club allows students interested in agricultural and consumer economics to become more aware of the opportunities available to them and enhances their knowledge of agribusiness, textile marketing, and consumer economics.
Contact: Frazier Curless
ACES Council is the liaison between the students and faculty and facilitates the development and success of ACES student organizations.
Contact: Claire Stelter
ACES Global Ambassadors (AGA) provides a forum for discussion of international agricultural production and practices. AGA feels a need to unite undergraduate and graduate students, along with faculty and staff, from all over the world. AGA also wants to provide information to students about study, internships, and employment in international agriculture.
Contact: Ashley Nagele
The ACES James Scholar Media Team (JSMT) includes James Scholars interested in photography and writing. Members regularly contribute their articles and photos to the honors newsletter and website. Meetings during the semester have topics of a scholarly nature and include speakers from various areas in ACES. The team's goal is to develop professional development and networking skills through writing, photography, and fellowship.
Contacts: Shelby Cooper and Julianna Ge
The Student Advancement Committee (SAC) is a group of undergraduate students who work with the ACES Office of Advancement staff to raise funds for college programs, serve as college ambassadors working with alumni groups, and assist with student recruitment. Two of the most widely known SAC activities include the Student Thanking Drives and the annual Explore ACES event that brings high school students to campus each spring. Visit the SAC Facebook Page for more information!
Contacts: Danielle Cooney, Tina Veal, and Stacey Cole
ACES Without Borders strives to help international and international exchange students get acclimated to the University of Illinois, both academically and socially. The group organizes events to help exchange students transition to their new environment and provides members with information about international opportunities, such as internships, work/study abroad programs, and volunteer opportunities overseas that can help prepare members for their future.
Contacts: Hannah Doughtery
Agricultural Education club promotes agricultural education at the University of Illinois and provides social and educational activities for students of agricultural education.
Contact: Treavor Taylor
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 high 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 such improvements in the agricultural engineering profession as will make it an instrument of greater service mankind.
Contact: Chad Niehaus
Alpha Tau Alpha is a professional honorary agricultural educaton organization that promotes the highest standards of agricultural education through scholarship and fellowship among members. Major activities include regular professional development field trips to cities like Chicago and Indianapolis as well as working with high school students and professionals in the field to build upon and compliment members' studeies in the field of agricultural education.
Contact: Gary Ochs
Alpha Zeta is an honorary and professional fraternity of men and women whose educational objectives and/or careers fall within the broadly defined field of agriculture.
Contact: Austin Fee
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Student Branch (ASABE) aids in the professional development of agricultural engineering students and brings them into contact with their peers in a nonacademic environment. Visit the ASABE Facebook page for more information!
Contacts: Lucy Dunderman
The Association of Food Technologists (AFT) promotes interest in the field of food technology and acquaints students with food science faculty.
Contact: Helen Bengston
Collegiate FFA is a chapter in the National FFA Organization. It is a voting member of the ACES Council open to all U of I undergraduate and graduate students.
Contact: Valarie Repp
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. Find them on Facebook.
Contacts: Rachel Hawk and Jason Emmert
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.
Contacts: Mary Wilson and Sarah Albert
Foreign Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences Association (FACES) is a group of undergraduate students who want to encourage international students to gain experience in the agriculture industry. Engaging in hands-on consulting projects and case studies fosters management, teamwork, and business communication skills. The project development, social media, and cultural events teams all play an important role in helping the club achieve it's goal.
Field and Furrow advances and disseminates 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 the 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. Find Field and Furrow on Facebook.
Contacts: Kris Heller and Megan Ward
The Floral Design Club gives students a place outside of class to broaden their knowledge of floral design techniques, social community, and job opportunities.
Contact: Claire Geiger
FSHNGSA is run by graduate students in food science and human nutrition to increase the interaction among faculty and graduate students by providing social, academic, and career-related events. Everyone is welcome!
Contacts: U of I FSHNGSA and Emily Eklund Mayhew
Gamma Sigma Delta is the premier honor society in agriculture. It is international in character and has 47 local chapters at universities and colleges offering degrees in agriculture throughout the United States, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Gamma Sigma Delta has the broad objective of encouraging advancement in all branches of the agricultural sciences and human ecology.
Contact: Hong Chen
Horticulture Club advances knowledge, develops the professional background of its members, fosters good fellowship among students and faculty, and promotes horticulture.
Contact: Brianne Gates
The Hospitality Management Association provides students of 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: Chandler Wulfsohn
HDFS Ambassadors is a group of selected students organized to improve undergraduate experience by engaging in departmental and community service that supports leadership and professional development of undergraduates, student's abilities to market themselves as a Human Development and Family Studies majors, and mentor relationships among current students, prospective undergraduate students, and faculty.
Contact: Lauren Adrian
Human Interest Professions Club (HIP Club) provides students with opportunities to do volunteer work within the community, enhance leadership skills, and facilitate professional development.
Contacts: Claire Stelter and Erin LePoire
Illini ACT is an award-winning organization for students who are interested in all aspects of agricultural communications. From networking to exploring career opportunities, Illini ACT offers students a means of contact with professionals in the agricultural communications industry. The club's mission is to stimulate interest in the agricultural communciations profession, promote the interchange of ideas among students and faculty, and provide professional development opportunities for its members.
Contacts: Nicole Chance and Jennifer Shike
The Illini Ag Mech Club provides opportunities for students and faculty to become better acquainted, for students to hear and talk with speakers from industry, and for students to work together and with faculty on club projects and activities.
Contacts: Lane Simpson
Students in Illini Algae Club can partner with ABE graduate students to help with projects using algae, to learn laboratory techniques, and help advance current research. The club also helps educate students about the industry and current developments. Beyond the ABE department, the club organizes its members, sometimes in conjunction with other organizations, to facilitate involvement in competitions begging for new projects on both 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: Christopher Guida
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. Find the club on Facebook.
Contacts: Erik Sheppleman and Dave Miller
Illini Equestrians promote interest in the art of horsemanship and expand knowledge and expertise in the fields of equine management and techniques. Also to provide students, staff, and faculty of the U of I that have an interest in horses to meet and enjoy horse-related activities with others having the same interest. Members given a chance to participate in all aspects of planning and managing horse shows and clinics throughout the year.
Contacts: Molly McGhee
Illinois Equine Rescue Society (I.E.R.S.) raises money and supplies volunteers to local equine rescues and functions as a student outreach group, educating the community on proper equine care. I.E.R.S. also acts in cooperation with local equine rescue agencies to help rehabilitate and facilitate the adoption of rescued horses.
Contacts: Nicole Churchill and Mary Lowry
Illini Foresters represents and advances the interests of students of forestry in student affairs and campus activities; promotes fellowship among forestry student faculty and alumni; and furthers students' professional development.
Contacts: Jade Ryckman and Jessica Mondello
The objective of the Illini Poultry Club is to provide social, academic, and professional events and activities for anyone interested in poultry and other avian species and to provide further knowledge and understanding of poultry science and the poultry industry through these activities.
Contacts: Kayla Kauffman and Jeremy Stutchman
Illini Pullers' main objective is to design and manufacture a 1/4-scale pulling tractor for the ASABE International Student Design Competition held annually in Peoria, Illinois. The competition lets students strengthen the knowledge learned in class and apply it in a real-world setting, preparing for career successes. As a team member, one can focus on design and manufacturing, business operations, or both. Students gain invaluable hands-on experience as well as sharpen their time-management and problem-solving skills. Check Illini Pullers out on Facebook.
Contacts: Matt Kemme and Alan Hansen and Brian Ogolsky
The Illini Wildlife and Conservation Club is for students interested in wildlife care, wildlife and exotic veterinary medicine, conservation, and international travel. The club hosts local events such as wet labs at the veterinary hospital and schedules speakers ranging from veterinarians to elephant geneticists. They have also taken trips to the Brookfield Zoo to tour the veterinary hospital. Every year, members have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs sponsored and planned by the club. In the past, we have had wonderful study abroad experiences include Australia, Thailand, Costa Rica, and China.
Contact: Jake Rayapati and Adam Brandt
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, which extends their knowledge of the industry. The club also provides a connection between students and various employment and professional development opportunities.
Contact: Ben Peterson
Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) promotes leadership development, enhances academic skills, facilitates networking, and fosters diversity in the food, agricultural, and related sciences. Check out MANRRS on Facebook.
Contacts: Taylor Dugas and Jesse Thompson
The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) provides meaningful opportunities for students to practice their managerial skills (planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and controlling) 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: Caitlin McClure
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. Find them on Facebook.
Contact: Off Road Illini
The Pre-Vet club provides information to students interested in gaining admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Activities include a regular lecture series.
Contacts: Jessie Kordas
Production Animal Club is for students looking to gain more experience with production animals such as sheep, cattle, swine, and poultry. No experience is necessary - experience will be provided through participation in the club! This club is not just for pre-vet students.
Contact: Annie Ryan
Rodeo Club promotes rodeo on a collegiate level and increases interest in the sport, as well as allow the students to participate in rodeo events. Check themout on Facebook.
Contacts: Allison Tregoning and Jocelyn Delhotal
Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship among its members. 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 has become a national organization of more than 50 chapters and more than 2,200 members have been initiated. Sigma Alpha is an affiliate of American Agri-Women.
Contact: Alyssa Volland
The Student Dietetic Association is the advocate of the dietetic option in Food Science and Human Nutrition, serving the students and local community through promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
Contact: U of I Student Dietetic Association
Teachers 4 Creatures is dedicated to educating and interacting with the local community and schools to increase knowledge about companion animals. Five committees focus on different aspects of the companion animal field, which include anti-breed discrimination, puppy mill education, exotic animals, dog bite prevention, animal-assisted activities, and feline overpopulation. Visit the club's Facebook page and Instagram for more information on upcoming events.
Contacts: Rebecca Back