Student Organizations

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

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. 

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 


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. 


The mission of MinuteCode is to connect nonprofits in the greater Pioneer Valley with dedicated teams of socially-conscious technically-oriented students from UMass Amherst and the Five Colleges. Charities will be able to receive the technical support they need without diverting human or financial capital away from achieving their service mission. In addition, team members will learn how to collaborate on realistic development projects while also contributing to charity.


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. 

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