Student Organizations

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

AISES is a national, non-profit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its educational programs, AISES provides opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans to pursue studies in science, engineering, business and other academic arenas. The trained professionals then become technologically informed leaders within the Indian community. AISES’ ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society.

Current Leadership:

Advisor:  Rachael Johnson, Manager of Strategic Recruitment Initiatives

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

MANRRS is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences careers. To promote and implement the advancement of diverse members of the CSU community in agricultural, natural resource, and related sciences; As well as to ensure the development of career preparation, leadership, professional skills, scholarly excellence and an active support network among the members. MANRRS student organization shall not deny membership to any student on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability.

Current Leadership:

  • President – Diego Tovar, majoring in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
  • Vice President – Rachel Jackson, majoring in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
  • Secretary – Sonali Chokshi, majoring in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
  • Treasurer – Mariana (Mana) Acosta, majoring in Animal Science

Advisors:  Leanna Biddle, Career Education Manager and Steven Fonte, Assistant Professor in Soil and Crop Sciences

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Our organization strives to provide students who identify as Black/African American a space, supportive, active, & indulging community while completing their STEM academic career. NSBE CSU welcomes anyone at CSU who supports this ideal and focus to join. National Society of Black Engineers is the largest student-governed organizations in the country. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” The goal is to have 10,000 Black and African American undergraduate engineers graduate annually by the year 2025. Our chapter at Colorado State University focuses on all pillars of the mission statement. The following briefly what we typically do on a yearly basis:

  • Excel Academically – Weekly study halls on Wednesdays from 5 PM to 7 PM with rotating locations.
  • Succeed Professionally – Professional development workshops, general meetings, and panels such as our Being Black In Industry Panel held biannually, and our career readiness general meeting and workshop series.
  • Positively Impact the Community – Pass the Torch outreach event that caters to the CO NSBE Jr. Chapter and additional STEM focused youth groups through CO in the fall semester and CSU Upward Bound Trio Program in the Spring.

Current Leadership:

  • President – Josh Cook, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Vice President – Augusta Irechukwu, majoring in Applied Computing Technology
  • Treasurer – Tre Donsereaux, majoring in Computer Science
  • Secretary – Kaleab Misgna, majoring in Civil Engineering
  • Programs Chair – Alyssa Caldwell, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biological Science
  • Senator – Simon Nardos, majoring in Computer Science

Advisor:  Melissa Burt, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a national GLBTQ2A-affirming organization that aims to provide services and support for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to create a dynamic network between students and professionals in industry and academia.

Current Leadership:

  • President – Jacob Small, majoring in Psychology
  • Vice President – Marcela Riddick, majoring in Zoology
  • Secretary – Samantha Chase, majoring in Biological Science
  • Treasurer – Emily Niederbremer, majoring in Ecosystem Science & Sustainability

Advisor:  Carlos Olivo-Delgado, Assistant Professor in Chemistry

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

SACNAS is an organization dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusivity of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Sacnistas come from all backgrounds with the common drive to build up their futures in a field which they are interested in. We aim to further the work, improve the effectiveness, and enhance the public appreciation and understanding of underrepresented minorities in science. We aim to cooperate with other organizations, individuals and groups to further the achievement of underrepresented minorities in science. We aim to increase student recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in science. We aim to provide a forum for all students from Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to come together for academic excellence, community service, professional/career development, mentorship opportunities, and social activities at Colorado State University. We aim to build strengths for our futures.

Current Leadership:

Advisors:  Shane Kanatous, Professor in Biology and Arlene Nededog, Director of Inclusion

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded in November 2007 and has since founded 84 collegiate chapters, as well as, 5 professional chapters. In addition to promoting the professional development of future scientists and engineers, SASE encourages members to celebrate their Asian heritage, advocate for diversity on campus and in the workplace, as well as, provide opportunities to give back to the community. SASE is open to men and women of all majors and ethnic backgrounds.


  • To prepare Asian heritage Scientists and engineers for success in the global business world
  • To celebrate diversity on the CSU campus
  • To provide opportunities for members to make contributions to the community
  • To foster friendships and a sense of community within the Asian heritage students of the scientific and engineering field

SASE is not currently an active registered student organization at CSU.  Leadership and website will be updated when the organization is active.

Advisor:  Claudia Hernandez, Outreach and Equity Coordinator

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. The specific and primary purposes, for which SHPE was formed, as set forth in its Articles of in Chapter, are: (a) To advance Hispanic and Latino scientists and engineers in employment, education, economic and social welfare; (b) To improve the quality of education and training programs preparing Hispanic and Latino students to become professional engineers and scientists; (c) To implement programs benefiting Hispanics and Latinos seeking to become engineers and scientists; and (d) To increase the number of Hispanics and Latinos entering the field of engineering and science.

Current Leadership:

  • President – Michelle Hefner, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Vice President – Violeta Flores, majoring in Electrical Engineering
  • Treasurer – Frankie Caballero, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Secretary – Keren Quintero, majoring in Civil Engineering
  • Outreach Chair – Tyler Nobles, majoring in Computer Engineering
  • Professional & Personal Development Chair – Alejandro Benitez, majoring in Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Recruitment & Retention Chair – Karla Rueda, majoring in Mechanical Engineering
  • Fundraising Chair – Jessica Reyes, majoring in Chemical & Biological Engineering

Advisor:  Aaron Benally, Coordinator for Diversity Programs in Engineering