Four Student Organizations
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields — as students, professionals, mentors, and leaders. AISES employs a "full circle of support" model that begins with pre-college programs, progresses into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement.
AISES is a national non-profit organization with over 150 university chapters and many professional chapters. We are dedicated to spiritual support, chapter development, academic assistance, and community awareness through our members and supporters.
The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.
AISES works to promote, initiate, and provide educational services for American Indian and Alaska Native pre-college, college, and graduate students in STEM. AISES supports early-, mid-, and executive-level professionals in STEM through professional development, mentoring, networking, community service, and awards programs and initiatives. AISES is the only professional society established by and for American Indian and Alaska Natives that specifically emphasizes lifelong learning and educational achievement by utilizing cultural aspects with STEM.
Through the quality and reach of its programs and the longevity and devoted commitment of its "family," AISES is the undisputed leader in STEM opportunity in Indian Country. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
The mission of NSBE is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
Hence, our objectives of the organization are to stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines. We strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our goal is to encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering certification and also encourage and advise minority youth in their pursuit of an engineering career.
NSBE is an organization built to promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunites for Blacks and other minorities in that profession and function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect careers of Black Engineers.
Society of Asians Scientists & Engineers (SASE)
The CSM student chapter of the SASE is dedicated to the enhancement of Asian Pacific Americans in the engineering and scientific community. We strive to develop leaders who are educated in issues facing both Asian and non-Asian communities and promote the academic and professional success of our members. Our goal is to erase ignorance and maintain equality through empowerment and positive community impact.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. The concept of Networking was the key basis for the organization. Over the years, SHPE has developed into a professional and student organization that operates nationally.
SHPE is the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science.
SHPE promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity. We are brought together by heritage, social responsibility and desire to improve the equality of all people through the use of science and technology. We value excellence in education, professional pursuits and leadership. We obtain excellence through integrity, empowerment, achievement, diversity and continuous improvement.
We will fulfill our mission by increasing educational opportunities, promoting professional and personal growth, carrying out our social responsibility to be involved in education, business and government issues and enhancing pride within our organization and reinforcing our reputation as a vital Hispanic organization.
SHPE has three very important conferences throughout the year. First, the National Institute for Leadership Advancement (NILA) is a conference that provides leadership tools to new elected leaders for the undergraduate and professional chapters. This conference is a great opportunity to network with SHPE leaders and build new relationships among chapters. Second, the National SHPE Conference is the best opportunity to network with companies and obtain internships or full-time jobs. The National Conference is the biggest conference for Hispanics in United States. More than 200 companies attend to the career fair looking for Hispanic talent. Finally, the Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) is the opportunity for the new leaders of the chapter to increase their leadership abilities and network with the leaders of the region. The seven regions have an RLDC conference each year at a specific university. All the conferences offer leadership skills training and networking opportunities.