Do what you love outside the classroom, too
Studying what you love is one way to pursue the interests that you’re most passionate about, and joining a student organization with like-minded people is another. Aside from getting the chance to meet and talk with people who share your interests, you might also find yourself traveling or helping with community service.
Whether you love wildlife or fishing, or get all geeked out about packaging or meteorology, there’s a club for you!
The Virginia Chapter of Alpha Zeta is a professional, service, and honorary fraternity for men and women in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. Its purpose is to bind together a group of people interested in the continued advancement of agriculture and to foster and develop scholarship, character, leadership, and a spirit of fellowship among all its members.
The American Fisheries Society promotes the educational, scientific, and technological development and advancement of all branches of fisheries science and practice, including aquatic biology, engineering, economics, fish culture, limnology, oceanography, and technology.
The mission of the American Water Resources Association is to support local, regional, and national water resources through water education, service, management, and research.
The CNRE Ambassadors work closely with the Advising Center to serve as guides and recruiters for prospective students, represent the college at university-sponsored events such as open house programs, act as hosts at alumni receptions and events, and help teach several CNRE first-year experience labs.
Virginia Tech is home to the commonwealth’s only collegiate chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, which is dedicated to protecting and managing wild turkey populations, preserving wildlife habitat, introducing youth to the outdoors, and keeping up with our hunting heritage.
The mission of the FWGSA is to serve the graduate students of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation by acting as an intermediary between graduate students and faculty/staff, administering computing and desk facilities, orientating new students, and providing them with graduate mentors.
Members of the Forestry Club participate in timber sports competitions with other schools on the East Coast and fund the club by cutting and selling firewood.
The FGSA represents all graduate students in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and promotes students’ interests through speakers, workshops, social events, and other forms of professional development.
The Geographic Society is an organization for students who have a passion for geography. They serve the university and the surrounding communities by promoting geographic awareness, providing outreach activities, and protecting and restoring the environment to sustain and conserve resources for the future.
The Geography Graduate Student Alliance acts as a mediating body to facilitate communication within and across the Department of Geography. It works to provide a space for personal development as well as the support and resources needed for graduate students to pursue field work, conduct research, present at conferences, and much more.
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Meteorology Society and National Weather Association, known as the Meteorology Club, promotes Virginia Tech’s meteorology program and assists current and incoming students in gaining experience in the field of meteorology.
MANRRS is a national organization dedicated to the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in agricultural science, natural resources, and other related sciences.
Members of the Natural History Collections Club work closely with some of the natural history collections on campus in the fields of botany, entomology, geology, and vertebrate biology, assisting curators with various tasks and acting as supporters and advertisers for the collections.
The goal of the Packaging Systems and Design Club is to provide members with the skills needed to be independent, knowledgeable, and successful packaging professionals.
The Quality Deer Management Association works to promote sustainable, high-quality deer populations, wildlife habitats, and ethical hunting experiences through research, education, advocacy, and hunter recruitment.
The Virginia Tech student chapter of the Society of American Foresters is a professional organization with a mission to advance the science, education, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
The organization will become an official student organization in spring 2020, but if you are interested and want to get involved, contact one of the faculty sponsors: Carolyn Copenheaver at email@example.com or Jennifer Gagnon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society of Renewable Resources works to serve the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials and creates an environment for professional development while focusing on sustainability, residential construction, and biomaterials. Activities and events for members include guest speakers, competitions, projects, and community service.
Members of the Wildland Fire Crew are trained and certified to respond to and fight wildfires in Virginia and throughout the U.S.
The mission of the Wildlife Disease Association Student Chapter at Virginia Tech is to gain, share, and apply knowledge and experience relating to fish and wildlife diseases in Virginia and beyond for the purpose of public health and conservation.
The Virginia Tech student chapter of The Wildlife Society integrates the experience, knowledge, and participation of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and wildlife professionals to provide learning opportunities and experiences for those with an appreciation and interest in wildlife.
Choose a club that boosts your career
Joining clubs and organizations can also be a great way to find opportunities for professional development. For example, students on the Wildland Fire Crew train to respond to forest fires. Members of the Packaging Systems and Design Club have traveled to Las Vegas to attend PackExpo, a major trade show for the packaging profession.
All of these opportunities will look great on a resume! And, of course, don’t forget about the hands-on academic experiences that are also available to help you apply your technical knowledge.
Timberbeast and conclave? What’s that about?
Timberbeast is a timber sports event hosted by The Forestry Club each spring at the New River Valley Fairgrounds for regional colleges and universities. Students compete in events like archery, cross cut, axe throw, and knife throw. Virginia Tech students also attend forestry and wildlife conclaves, which combine presentations, speakers, and competitions of physical, intellectual, and artistic prowess.
Looking for more student organizations?
If you’re looking for other opportunities to get involved on campus or in the Blacksburg community, Virginia Tech has more than 700 student organizations. Browse the list or attend Gobblerfest at the start of the fall semester to learn about everything your university has to offer.