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Student Clubs & Organizations


Student Government

School of Science Student Senators

Primary Purpose/Mission

Student Government (SG) provides TCNJ students with representation, services, and advocacy within the college.

Current School of Science Senators

  • Vineeth Amba, Senator, 17-18
  • John Barry, Senator, 17-18
  • Anshel Bright, Senator, 17-18
  • Maureen Haque, Senator, 17-18
  • Sabrina Mazahreh,  Senator, 17-18
  • Madhav Patel, Senator, 17-18
  • Matthew Van Solen, Senator, 17-18
  • Justine Wilson, Senator, 17-18

How to Join – Membership Information

Elections held every spring


Biology

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society

Primary Purpose/Mission

Tri-Beta is an organization for students in the biological sciences. This prestigious national honor society’s purpose is to promote scholarship in the biological sciences, to promote dissemination of biological knowledge and to encourage research.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Meet the Professors
  • Bio-Guides
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Science Club
  • Ecology Trail Clean Up
  • Biology Holiday
  • Apple Picking

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

September 13, October 18November 8December 6 (all in P101 @12pm)

How to Join – Membership Information

  • General Membership: Open to any student with an interest in the biological sciences, and their membership terminates upon graduating from TCNJ. Members participate in all activities of the society.
  • Associate Membership: Students interested in the biological sciences are inducted into the National Chapter, and their membership terminates upon graduating from TCNJ. Members participate in all activities of the society.
  • Regular Membership: Biology majors who have successfully completed three biology courses and have a biology GPA of at least 3.0 are inducted into the National Chapter and remain members for life. To be regular members, a student must attend all meetings and and provide 3 hours of service in the year prior to their induction.

For More Information:

Club Website: http://tribetatcnj.weebly.com/

Student Officers

Faculty Advisors: Dr. KT Elliott and Dr. Leeann Thornton

email: tribeta@tcnj.edu

Biology Education Club

Primary Purpose/Mission

This group works to support any biology student with interests in teaching. They hold monthly meetings to discuss the teacher prep program, teaching techniques specific to biology, and opportunities specific to future teachers.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Test Prep
  • Teaching opportunities

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Once a Month

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students interested in teaching biology.

For More Information:

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Wund

Graduate Studies Club (GradS)

Primary Purpose/Mission

The Graduate Studies (GradS) Club is comprised of students interested in or considering graduate study. Meetings address such issues choosing between research and non-research-based programs, finding a graduate school, navigating the application and interview process, preparing for the GREs (standardized test), and choosing a mentor.

Primary Activities and Events

  • “How to Get Involved in Research” event (fall)
  • “How/Why/When to apply to grad school” event (spring)
  • “What to do during a gap year (or two!)” event (spring)
  • Faculty and Student Panels
  • Science outreach to local elementary schools

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

See posted announcements in Biology Building (no regular time slot) and on twitter (@TCNJBioDept) and Facebook (TCNJ Biology Department)

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students interested in graduate school (e-mail one of the student officers to be added to e-mail list).

For More Information:

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tracy Kress and Dr. Luke Butler


Chemistry

SCA – Student Chemists Association

Primary Purpose/Mission

The purpose of the TCNJ Student Chemists Association shall be to afford an opportunity for students of the chemical sciences to become acquainted with one another, to secure the intellectual stimulation that arises from professional association, to foster a professional spirit among the members, and to promote an awareness of the responsibilities and challenges of the modern chemist.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Trips to the Chemical Heritage Foundation
  • Chemistry Semiformal
  • Rock Climbing
  • Science Fairs
  • ACS Webinars
  • Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner
  • National Chemistry Week
  • Goggle and apparel sales

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Biwekly on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:00pm in the Chemistry building

How to Join – Membership Information

Our organization is open to all students with a passion for chemistry. Please send questions to chemist@tcnj.edu!

For More Information:

Club Website: https://www.facebook.com/tcnjsca/

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Abby O’Connor and Dr. Benny Chan

GSE – Gamma Sigma Epsilon

Primary Purpose/Mission

To unite those with a high scholastic grade in Chemistry, in Class A colleges in order to foster a more comprehensive and cooperative study of that great branch of Science and its immediately allied studies

Primary Activities and Events

  • Freshmen and Transfer Students Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly Drop-In Tutoring
  • Chemistry Department Picnic

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Scheduled as necessary

How to Join – Membership Information

  • Completion of Analytical chemistry and Organic chemistry II
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in all chemistry courses
  • Questions can be sent to bunagan@tcnj.edu

For More Information:

Club Website: https://lionsgate.tcnj.edu/organization/GSE

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle Bunagan


Computer Science

ACM – Association for Computing Machinery

Primary Purpose/Mission

Our primary purpose is to provide students with additional opportunities to learn about new technologies that they might not experience in a classroom. We want to give students, of all levels, a chance to develop their skill set and increase their understanding of computer science and software engineering.

Primary Activities and Events

Our flagship event is our spring hackathon, HackTCNJ. This usually happens on the last weekend of February. We also have weekly meetings where we do tutorials on web development, have career development workshops, and do fun activities. We want to provide a welcoming environment for students to learn about computer science and give them a chance to connect with other students who are also interested in technology.

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Wednesdays at 1-2pm, at STEM 102.

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students interested in the computing sciences.

For More Information:

Club Website: ACM

Student Officers:

  • Henry Shen, President 17-18
  • Brittany Reedman, Vice President 17-18

Faculty Advisor: Dr Andrea Salgian

UPE – Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society

Primary Purpose/Mission

Over 120 institutions of higher education around the world have established Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) chapters to honor their students as well as faculty with membership. The College of New Jersey’s UPE chapter (Delta Chapter of New Jersey) was established in December 1988. Membership in UPE signifies outstanding academic achievement and commitment to enhance the computer science community. The College of New Jersey chapter focuses on scholarship, service, and fellowship. In conjunction with the ACM chapter, we plan to have joint lectures, trips, and social activities.

(https://computerscience.tcnj.edu/students/student-organizations/)

Primary Activities and Events

(Activities and Events for Fall 2016/Spring 2017 schedule is currently TBD)

  • Help session for scheduling courses for Computer Science majors
  • Workshops with other CS organizations (ACM and WiCS)
  • Alumni roundtable
  • Mentoring underclassmen

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Wednesdays 1:00pm (biweekly)

How to Join – Membership Information

UPE membership is by invitation only and requires a minimum of 4 courses taken in Computer Science, and a GPA in the upper 35% of the class. Students who are inducted into UPE are members for life.

For More Information:

Club Website: http://www.tcnj.edu/%7Eupe/

Student Officers:

  • President 17-18: Brittany Reedman
  • Vice President 17-18: Stephen Klein

Faculty Advisor: Michael Bloodgood

WICS – Women in Computing & Science

Primary Purpose/Mission

The mission of Women in Computer Science (WiCS) at TCNJ is to unite the computer science department and broader TCNJ community to support and promote women in technology

Primary Activities and Events

  • Career building workshops and technical interview preparation
  • Networking events and talks featuring influential women in technology
  • Talks featuring influential women in technology
  • Mentorship program between upperclassmen and underclassmen
  • Community outreach with local high schools

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Wednesdays from 2-3pm in STEM 102

How to Join – Membership Information

Follow this link to the WiCS email list signup form – http://eepurl.com/bx8I8v

For More Information:

Club Website: http://www.tcnj.edu/~wics/

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Monisha Pulimood


Mathematics and Statistics

CSTM – Council of Student Teachers of Mathematics

Primary Purpose/Mission

TCNJ CSTM is an organization intended for TCNJ undergraduate students interested in teaching mathematics at the K-12 grade level. It is recognized as a student affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and sponsored by the Association of mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ). Our goal is to create a sense of community among math education members, support each other as we progress through our programs, and collaborate in volunteer efforts and other such events.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Faculty and Administrative Panels
  • State and National Mathematics Education Conferences
  • Guest Speakers
  • Praxis Study Groups

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Every other Wednesday at 1pm

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students who are interested in K-12 Math Education

For More Information:

Club Website: http://tcnjcstm.weebly.com/

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Cathy Liebars and Dr. Suriza Vandersandt

Mathematics and Statistics Club

Primary Purpose/Mission

To form a more mathematical community, establish friendships between students and professors, and gain insight into different areas of mathematics research.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Information panels
  • Guest speakers
  • Social Events: Cramium, Candy Casino, Mathlete Matchup

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Every Wednesday at 12:00pm

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students interested in Mathematics and/or Statistics

For More Information:

Club Website: http://tcnjmathstatclub.weebly.com/

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Navard and Professor Matthew Mizuhara

PME – Pi Mu Epsilon

Primary Purpose/Mission

Pu Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.

Primary Activities and Events

  • National Pi Mu Epsilon Council’s annual conference and other regional conferences
  • “Are you Smarter than Us” Game Show
  • Integration Bees
  • Speakers

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

TBD

How to Join – Membership Information

  • Completed at least the equivalent of two semesters of calculus and two additional courses in mathematics, at or above the calculus level.
  • Maintain a grade point average equivalent to that of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale, both for all courses that lead to fulfillment of requirements for a major in the mathematical sciences, and also for all courses that lead to fulfillment of requirements for an undergraduate degree.

For More Information:

Club Website: http://www.tcnj.edu/~pme/Pi_Mu_Epsion/Home.html

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steffen Marcus


Physics

Astronomy Club

Primary Purpose/Mission

To educate our campus in an entertaining matter about the night sky.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Planetarium Shows
  • Star Parties
  • Weekly educational meetings

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Wednesdays at 1:00pm

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students interested in astronomy.

For More Information:

Club Website: https://njastro.wordpress.com/

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thulsi Wickramasinghe

Society of Physics Students

Primary Purpose/Mission

The Physics Club at TCNJ seeks to bring together students who enjoy the subject of physics in a variety of physics-based activities, competitions, and field trips. Prior physics experience is not necessary to participate, just a passion for the subject and an eagerness to learn more about what makes physics fun with your fellow students.

Primary Activities and Events

During a typical meeting, the Physics Club could host a variety of different activities, such as physics trivia competitions, physics activities, and scientific videos and discussions. We also organize periodic movie nights and field trips. Primary yearly events include a bottle rocket competition and visits to school science fairs to judge and show younger students fun physics concepts, in addition to several new activities such as trips to local museums or planetariums.

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Wednesdays at 12:00pm in P121

How to Join – Membership Information

Anyone can join the Physics Club regardless of major and experience. One can join by simply attending weekly meetings.

For More Information:

Club Website: Society of Physics Students

Student Officers:

  • Samantha Staskiewicz, President 17-18
  • Carmen Carusone, Vice President 17-18

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Romulo Ochoa


Health Career Related Clubs (Multi-Disciplinary)

AMSA – American Medical Student Association

Primary Purpose/Mission

Building the drive to succeed requires a conjoined effort. AMSA strives to guide premedical students, whether they are an undecided student questioning whether the medical field is right for them, a decided student who is set on their goals to be a doctor, or someone in between. We serve the needs of TCNJ’s physicians in training.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Weekly meetings with representatives from medical schools
  • Community outreach programs
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Interview preparations
  • Alumni-based physician events

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Wednesdays at 11:00am – 12:00pm

How to Join – Membership Information

Anyone interested in applying to medical school. Send an email to amsatcnj@gmail.com or amsa@tcnj.edu to join our mailing list!

For More Information:

Club Website: http://tcnjamsa.weebly.com/

Student Officers:

  • President 17-18: Jack Trubiano
  • Vice President 17-18: Lawrence Palfini

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dennis Shevlin (Biology)

MAPS – Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

Primary Purpose/Mission

TCNJ’s MAPS is all about working together and pooling resources to help you get into the health profession that best matches your personal goals and interests.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Medical School, Nursing School, and Optometry School Admissions Officers
  • Test Prep Representative
  • Medical Students and Doctors Panels
  • Regional and National Conferences
  • Medical School Trips

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

TBD

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students, not just one of the recognized minorities, interested in a health profession.

For More Information:

Club Website: http://tcnjmaps.weebly.com/

Student Officers: Information Pending

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sudhir Nayak (Biology)

MEDLIFE

Primary Purpose/Mission

To help families achieve freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. Our patients did not choose to be poor, but they have chosen to strive toward a better life, and MEDLIFE stands beside them in this pursuit. We aim to achieve this goal through partnering with motivated individuals in poor communities working to improve their access to MEDs: Medicine, Education and community Development. MEDLIFE believes access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. To this end, we commit our time, resources, knowledge and hope to bring Medicine, Education and Development to Low Income Families Everywhere.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Speakers: Doctors, Professors, Researchers
  • Volunteer Projects: Red Cross, Hyacinth, Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital
  • Fundraising Events: Canning at Sam’s Club and Shop Rite, Terhune Orchards, Loop Bus

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Every other Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30pm

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students interested in performing medical, educational, and developmental humanitarian aid abroad.

For More Information:

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Danielle Dalafave (Physics)

Pre-Dental Society

Primary Purpose/Mission

TCNJ’s Pre-Dental Club is a student organization which strives to provide an environment that supports the creative ideas of Pre-Dental students, promote and maintain programs which enhance the quality of oral health care in the community, increase knowledge of oral health information among members and the general public, and to act as a resource to students interested in entering the dental field in the future.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Oral Cancer Awareness Events
  • Dental Student Speakers
  • Dental Enrichment Programs

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

TBD

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students seeking a future career in the dental field, not exclusively to dentists.

For More Information:

Student Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeff Erickson (Biology)

Pre-SOMA – Pre-Students of Osteopathic Medicine

Primary Purpose/Mission

The purpose of PreSOMA is to promote and inform the public about osteopathic medical education, to increase the number of applicants to osteopathic medical schools, and to prepare our members for entrance into these schools.

Primary Activities and Events

  • Shadow DO medical students
  • Visit local osteopathic medical schools
  • DO speakers and and admissions officers

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

TBD

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students interested in a career in Osteopathy.

For More Information:

Club Website: http://tcnjpre-soma.weebly.com/

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sudhir Nayak (Biology)

Pre-Veterinary Club

Primary Purpose/Mission

To raise interested students’ awareness of veterinary medicine. TCNJ’s Pre-Vet Club strives to help students establish a network with other veterinarians while also gaining insight into the field of veterinary medicine. This club helps students prepare for the required examinations that are needed when applying to veterinary school and helps them to gain relevant animal experience while at college so they can gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a veterinarian, while also having a lot of fun at the same time!

Primary Activities and Events

  • Volunteering at local shelters
  • Test Prep
  • Veterinarian Speakers

Regular Club Meeting Day and Time

Every other Thursday at 5pm in C113

How to Join – Membership Information

Open to all students interested in a career in veterinary medicine.

To be considered a member of the club, an individual must attend at least half of the meetings during the semester and attend at least two club events. Individuals who are members have the option to participate in the Shadowing Program that gives students the opportunity to shadow veterinarians in the area.

For More Information:

Club Website: http://tcnjprevetclub.weebly.com/

Student Officers:

  • Elizabeth Thoresen, President 17-18 (thorese1@tcnj.edu)
  • Meagan Rodriguez, Vice President 17-18

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Keith Pecor (Biology)


Past Student Clubs & Organizations

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