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CSM-affiliated Student Organizations

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
AAUW empowers women at the collegiate level and beyond through mentorship and networking opportunities. leadership training, and professional development support.


Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Melendrez

American Chemical Society (ACS)
ACS engages in outreach activities, company tours, fundraisers, tutoring and volunteer activities on campus.


Advisor: Dr. Robert Iafe

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ACM puts together a weekly lecture series on academic topics on computer science, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Additionally ACM organizes field trips to local businesses and offers workshops on various topics. ACM meets every Tuesday during U-hour in SCI II, Room 242.


Advisor: Dr. Ahmad Hadaegh

CSUSM Biotechnology Organization
The Biotechnology Organization at Cal State San Marcos creates opportunities for students to network with professionals of broad fields within the Biotechnology industry. Our organization assists students in improving their understanding of how to get involved in the scientific workplace, and promotes the development of relationships between students and potential employers. This relationship formation is facilitated through speaker events, career fair preparation, and tours of local biotech companies.


Advisor: Dr. Matthew Escobar

Pre-Dental Society
The purpose of this organization is to guide those interested in pursuing the dental field by providing opportunities for hands-on clinical experience, shadowing/volunteering, and dental school admission information (DAT, specific pre-requisites, etc.


Advisor: Dr. Thomas Pillsworth

Pre-Health Society

PHS members volunteer at Relay for Life and blood drives on campus. Meetings include guest speakers as well as discussions about clinical internships and undergraduate research opportunities.


Advisor: Dr. Thomas Pillsworth

Pre-Optometry Society
Aims to foster a supportive network of pre-professionals who aspire to earn an advanced degree in the field of Optometry.


Advisor:  Dr. Thomas Pillsworth

Pre-Vet Society
The Pre-Vet Society holds animal shelter fundraisers several times a year. Trips to local facilities, including the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, will be scheduled.


Advisor:  Dr. Thomas Pillsworth

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS)
SACNAS hosts a science-oriented mixer with other STEM clubs each semester. Members regularly volunteer to showcase science workshops for visiting students and participate in Super STEM Saturday.


Advisor: Dr. Angelica Rocha

The Society of Physics Students (SPS)
SPS participates in hands-on activities to apply the physics concepts learned in class to real-life applications. SPS hosts community building events and volunteers for a number of outreach activities, including Majors & Minors Fair and Super STEM Saturday.


Advisor: Dr. Justin Perron

Web Page: Society Physics Students 

Student Veterans Organization

The SVO strives to raise awareness and represent CSUSM students of veteran, active-duty, and/or dependent status. We help develop and foster relationships with on-campus and off-campus community. We represent, support & facilitate educational and professional goals of our members.


Advisors: Vicki Hernandez and Laurie Schmelzer

Support Our Spouses Organization

An extension of the Student Veterans Organization has been created to support military spouses and dependents through a variety of services.


Advisor: Laurie Schmelzer

Sustainability Club

The Sustainability Club works to educate the campus community on what it means to be sustainable and how to make sustainable choices. To help get the community to commit to more sustainable lifestyles, a campus presence is held through: tabling at university events, creating campus events, adopting campaigns to spread awareness, and taking on sustainability projects.


Faculty Advisor: Julianna Goodlaw-Morris