Although academics are a central reason to attend college, it is equally important to meet people, develop social skills, belong to groups that interest you, get adequate exercise, and simply have fun.
Let us first describe the student organizations within the College of Computer & Information Science.
The Northeastern University Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery is a student group that is the hub of student-directed activities in the college. During Fall and Spring semester, NUacm sponsors a weekly lecture series that features interesting speakers from industry or from the open-source community. There is an occasional student or faculty talk as a change of pace. NUacm organizes GeekWeek which is a week of fun activities held in the evening. NUacm sponsors some food events such as a barbeque once each semester. Finally, NUacm maintains a large library of donated books that students may borrow as needed.
CISters is a group created with the intention of supporting and informing women who are interested in computer and information sciences. CISters sponsors evening meetings with invited women speakers in techical fields and these meetings often include dinner with the speaker so the students may have extensive conversations. Leaders in CISters are also often leaders in NUacm.
The CCIS Crew is a volunteer extension of Systems Group at CCIS and functions to perform research and development for Systems, investigate bleeding edge technologies, develop services that benefit the CCIS community, and aid Systems when requested. Crew has at any time several student led projects, and members can join projects which interest them.
There are 2 relatively new CCIS student groups that do not yet have web sites.
NU Hacks is a student-run organization for makers and hackers at Northeastern University. We meet up every Thursday night to work on projects and talk about things related to technology, design, and ethics.
Northeastern Game Development Club (NUGDC) is a student organization for anyone who wants to make games, whether or not they’re a part of the Game Design major. It meets weekly to discuss game design and the games industry as a whole. It often has local developers at its weekly meetings to give guest lectures. The club sponsors game jams and acts as a network for students who want to find others to work on games. Check out NUGDC’s Facebook page.
In addition to the CCIS student groups, there is a vast array of student organizations at Northeastern. For the starting point to lots of information, go to NU Student Activities.