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How do you make the most of your time at IST? Ask any student, and you’ll likely get the same response: Get involved!

The number of student organizations in IST keeps growing; it’s a great way to keep the learning going outside the classroom, connect with other students, and even network with potential employers! Explore the possibilities and get involved one of the College of IST’s student organizations.

“By being a member of different clubs, I have met so many IST students! It is always nice walking into class on the first day and seeing someone that you know or at least recognize. Penn State doesn’t feel so intimidating to me anymore because I know that I can always walk into IST and feel right at home.”—Maria Verardi, ’14 IST, 2013-2014 Women in IST (WIST) president, IST Diplomat

Resources for current student organizations: Leaders and members of existing IST student organizations may take advantage of Student Organization Resources through Penn State and the College of IST, including support of funding, marketing, and programming. 

Start a new student organization: Can't find a student organization you are interested in joining? Are you interested in creating a new student organization for College of IST students? Follow the guide for starting a new student organization and contact the Office of Student Engagement to take the first steps. 

IST student organizations and committees:

CODEvelop seeks to strengthen coding knowledge within the Penn State student body, with an emphasis on developing student’s coding abilities through various programming activities and outreach to the local community. CODEvelop and its student leaders are forming during the Fall 2019 semester and are looking for new members to join their first year! Become one of its first members by contacting their President or the College of IST’s Office of Student Engagement for more information.

President:
Aubrey McElrath

Adviser:
Jeff Rimland

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The Competitive Cyber Security Organization (CCSO) at the Pennsylvania State University aims to educate those involved on current cyber security methods and practices and facilitate an informative environment where students from all educational levels and backgrounds can master safe computing practices. The club hosts trips to cyber security conferences and competitions locally and nationally where members can practice what they have learned. Members are not required to attend these competitions, but they are encouraged to continue learning.

Join other creative students to create smart home technology with Raspberry Pi and other technical devices. Emerging Technology and its student leaders are forming during the Fall 2019 semester and are looking for new members to join their first year! Become one of its first members by contacting their President or the College of IST’s Office of Student Engagement for more information.

President:
Rahul Emani

Adviser:
Timothy Hill

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IST Benefitting THON strives to bring the IST community together to support the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) and the Four Diamonds Fund. Through close partnerships among students, alumni, faculty and staff in the College, IST FTK will “Inspire Hope” by providing emotional and financial support. 

Executive Chair:
Katt Shatinsky

Adviser:
Don Shemanski

The IST Consulting Group focuses on the “real life” of consultants, going beyond the classroom experience. Students with an interest in the consulting field get together to work on consulting projects within the community and learn from current consultants about what life is like in the industry.

President:
Caroline Sparrow

Adviser:
Mike Hills

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The purpose of Gamma Tau Phi is to recognize and encourage scholarship, leadership, and service among students enrolled in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The Society strives to develop skilled, motivated, and ethical future leaders in the field of information technology. Students with high academic merits have the opportunity to network and attend special events together.

The IST Interest House is a special living option available to students who would like to live among other students with similar interests. By immersing students in the IST and SRA majors in an environment conducive to interaction with one another, students are able to assist each other with school work and build lasting friendships both in and out of the classroom.

The IST Student Government is the official voice of the student body to all faculty, staff, and administration. Students are given the opportunity to express feedback and discuss all matters surrounding any aspect of the IST experience and the general student population. Student Government serves to build a culture of learning and leadership that would be expected of tomorrow’s leaders.

President:
Lauren Vozel

Adviser:
Angela Miller

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Nittany Data Labs provides students with education, exposure and experience in Data Science. It provides a comprehensive training program to teach and provide the tools and framework for students interested in better understanding Data Science - both in the fundamentals as well as the state-of-the-art techniques. After completing the internal training program, the club shifts to providing real corporate and research projects for students to test their skills. By building a community around Data Science, we hope to grow the field here at Penn State.

The Red Cell Analytics Lab promotes the research, practice, and application of structured analytics, critical thinking, and visual analytics. Through collaborating with university and external partners, the RCAL strives to bring real world problems into the hands of students to enhance analytic output.

President:
Stan Martin

Adviser:
Jake Graham

The Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) Club was founded to help students learn more about the multi-disciplined SRA major and its applications in both the public and private sectors. Members of the SRA Club enjoy expanding their knowledge of the security and risk analysis field through a variety of activities including general meetings, speaker events, social events, special projects, seminars and networking events.

The purpose of the Women, International, Racial, Ethnic Diversity Intercultural Network (WIRED IN) is to unite underrepresented students in the College of IST, provide a supportive network that fosters an inclusive environment, and offer professional development opportunities for the success of the student body.

The purpose of Women in IST (WIST) is to promote a sense of unity among the women of IST by offering networking opportunities, career resources, community and academic presentations, and leadership training. The organization strives to support the recruitment and sustained interest of women in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, ensuring that female students and faculty members are equally and actively involved in all aspects of education and in the rapidly changing world of technology.

The Penn State World Campus Technology Club was founded to be a networking platform for students with interests relating to the IST and SRA programs offered through World Campus. While organizations exist that help students to network and meet, none had existed prior that allowed students to gather around the interest of technology. The Penn State World Campus Technology Club was founded in the Spring of 2014. The leadership is composed of 5 student board members, 3 advisers, and other collaborators within the World Campus programs.