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Student Organizations

Build leadership skills and connections to the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) community by participating in one of our many active student organizations.  

Student Organization Handbook 

The CICS Student Organization Handbook outlines policies and procedures for recognized student organizations, including instructions on how to create a new organization, how to reserve rooms, and how to successfully run events. 

Student Organization Handbook

Student Organization Registration and Renewal

CICS student leaders who would like to create a new organization or continue an existing organization must complete the Student Organization Registration/Renewal Form at the beginning of each academic year.

Registration/Renewal Form

Apply for Student Travel Grants 

Active CICS undergraduate and master’s students are eligible to apply for small grants to fund conference/activity travel using the link below. Doctoral students should contact their advisors to request travel funding.

Request Travel Grant

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

The UMass Amherst chapter of the Association for Computing 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.

Black, Indigenous, and Latinx in Tech (B[U]ILT)

B[U]ILT is a student organization fighting for racial equity in the tech industry and in academia. We aim to provide individuals of said races and their allies with what is needed to advocate for and achieve racial equality in tech. In the past, we have moved towards this goal through things like career events, community discussions, and talks with industry professionals.

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.


CICSoft provides a collaborative environment for members to enhance their technical capabilities while developing applications. CICSoft creates an atmosphere for students to learn application development from the ground up through weekly sessions. The group's Lab division aims to develop and publish next-generation apps for UMass and the greater community. Join CICSoft's Annual Appathon to turn your app concept into a reality.

Community Outreach Student Team (COST)

CICS COST works to encourage and increase computer science outreach to youth and educators. By providing volunteer opportunities and empowering student-led events, the organization helps students develop important leadership skills while they make a difference in their community. For more information, visit the COST website or subscribe to their mailing list

CS Women's Group

The CS Women's Group serves and supports the women faculty and graduate students in 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. All new women graduate students are automatically added to the group and mailing list.

Cybersecurity Club

Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a computing context, security includes both cybersecurity and physical security. The UMass Cybersecurity Club educates UMass students on these processes and practices by hosting speakers, workshops, and cybersecurity competitions.


Google Developer Student Clubs UMass is a program by Google Developers to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice while promoting developer culture. GDSC UMass hopes to do this by collaborating with local organizations, hosting study jams, workshops, and working on projects to solve local community-based problems through innovation and technology.


#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. 


HackHer413 is the first all-women and non-binary student 24-hour hackathon in Western Massachusetts taking place annually at UMass Amherst. The student-organized and run event welcomes 350 participants from New England and beyond. The principal goals of the event are to create a welcoming hacking environment, celebrate first-time hackers, and encourage women from any major or career interest to explore computer science. Join us as a participant or get involved further by joining the organizing team!


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. 

UMass Robotics

UMass Robotics is a well-structured, organized, and exciting opportunity for UMass students to learn about robotics, compete in competitions, and gain real team experience under a deadline. The UMass Robotics team is currently working to compete in the May 2021 NASA Lunabotics Competition.

Women in Informatics and Computer Science

Women in Informatics and Computer Science at UMass Amherst (WiCS @ UMass Amherst) is a student organization run by undergraduate members of the College of Information and Computer Sciences. It was established as a complement to the graduate women in computing group and aims to foster a stronger bond between all female and non-binary members of the CICS community. Through bonding activities, workshops and various other activities, we create a safe space for minorities in computing to develop and grow together.

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