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Student Organizations

Build leadership skills and connections to the CICS community by participating in one of our many active student organizations.  

Apply for a CICS Student Travel & Events Grant! 

Active CICS undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for small grants to fund conference/activity travel, one-time events, and student organization start-up costs. Links to apply are below. Questions? Please contact studentevents [at] googlegroups.com.

Request Student Event/Club Funding

ACE Peer Advisors

Each year, a select group of CICS juniors and seniors are invited to be ACE Peer Advisors to help fellow undergraduate computer science students register for classes and advise them on which courses to take to meet graduation requirements. This paid position is an excellent leadership opportunity and a great way to connect with the CICS community.

Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)

The UMass Amherst chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery is the local student chapter of ACM, the computing professional society. The group is dedicated to engaging students in computing, helping them to build professional connections, and having fun! They hold events throughout the academic year, including tech talks, programming competitions, and social events. 


BUILD UMass provides a venue for students to gain academic and practical knowledge about software development, web development, and tech consulting. BUILD gives back to the community through pro-bono services for nonprofits, startups, and local businesses. By working with companies to solve real-world problems, hosting workshops, and talks from industry professionals, we help our members develop the technical and professional skills necessary to succeed.


Through events like career advising, talks with industry professionals, and community discussions, B[U]Ilt aims to provide Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students and their allies with what they need to advocate for and achieve racial equity in the tech industry.

CICS Pride 

CICS Pride serves and supports LGBTQIA community of the College of Information and Computer Sciences, and promotes an inclusive learning environment in computing. The group's focus is on community building and social activities. All students, faculty, and staff members, regardless of gender and sexual orientation, are welcome to join the group and attend events. 

CS Women's Group

The CS Women's Group serves and supports the women of the College of Information and Computer Sciences and promotes the representation and interests of women in computing. The group's focus is on community building -- members work closely with CICS faculty and staff to provide programs and services for female-identified students and organize social events, lectures, and other professional activities that are open to all students in the college. 

CS Women Graduate Students 
CS Women Undergraduate Students


#freshCICS is a social group for first-year students in CICS that provides support, collaboration, community, and mentoring from peers and second-year students. It’s a great way to get involved, make friends, and have fun. 


Sponsored by CICS, UMass Amherst's annual 36-hour hackathon, HackUMass,  is organized and run completely by students. Students from across campus come together to put on one of New England's largest events for makers -- in 2016 over 600 hackers from the region participated. Be on the lookout for ways you can get involved. 


CICS ROCks! Rising junior and senior computer science majors are invited to apply to be CICS student ambassadors as part of the student Recruitment and Outreach Committee (ROCk). ROCks students give guided tours to prospective computer science students and other visitors, assist with annual fund activities, and represent the college at select UMass Amherst events. 

To have your organization or activity listed on our site, email www-admin [at] cs.umass.edu.