Student Organizations

Student Accounting Society

The Student Accounting Society (SAS) is a student club of accounting majors that provides students with the opportunity to develop a network with other students, alumni, and employers. It serves as a vehicle for providing feedback to faculty and the Accountancy program.

Dr. Leonard Branson , professor and chair of accountancy, serves as the UIS faculty adviser to the Student Accounting Society. For information about this society, you may contact Dr. Branson at 217-206-6299 or  Students interested in joining SAS may send an email to

SAS was awarded the Academic/Honorary Organization of the Year by the UIS Office of Student Life.

The Association for Information Systems

The UIS Student Chapter of The Association for Information Systems has organized informative sessions on Data Science, Project Management, Database Management and various technological and managerial aspects of MIS. Experienced professors from UIS and professionals from State Farm have held sessions to provide more insights into job opportunities in today’s vastly dynamic business world.  Visit our website or follow us on Facebook.

  • Share best practices with an international network of student organizations
  • Network with other faculty advisors
  • Student leadership development

This chapter is actively engaging in many information systems related communities. Every year, UIS has teams enter student analytic competitions sponsored by large US companies and hosted by the AIS student organization. Several teams have been selected as finalists in the past few years. Many of our members participated in Oracle User Groups in St. Louis. They have attended regional IT meetings which support our communities. This year, a group of students is working with Sangamon Reclaim (a regional business) to improve its inventory control system.

Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) provides opportunities for students to network on the local level through student chapters. SHRM student chapters have regular meetings with programs designed to help members learn more about human resources (HR) and successful organizations. Meetings feature local leaders and HR professionals who provide insights about human resource issues in business, nonprofit and government.

The chapter is advised by UIS faculty member Donna Rogers, SPHR, instructor of management, and co-advised by Desiree Becker, Employment Specialist at HD Smith.  For more information on the UIS SHRM Student Chapter, contact Donna Rogers at 217/206-8264 or

The UIS Chapter of SHRM took home first place after competing at the Illinois State HR Games held at NIU.

Society for Advancement of Management

SAM was founded in 1912 with one basic concept, to advance the field of management. The organization desires to bring people together from all over the world, from a variety of disciplines to discuss the merits of different managerial practices. More than that though, SAM members use those observations to become better at interacting with people when in a managerial capacity. From student, to entry level manager, to tenured member of the C-suite, SAM brings together people who “share a common bond of interest in becoming stronger, better managers.”

The UIS SAM team smiles brightly after the hard work and thought that went into the winning case competition presentation. They earned the chance to go to Washington, DC where they competed head to head with teams from across the country on a case study. Working through a variety of problems, and utilizing what they have learned about running a business to come up with a real-world business model, is at the heart of what the Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) is about.

To find our more about the Society for Advancement of Management visit the SAM website.

Young Professional Marketers

Young Professional Marketers is the student association for all UIS students interested in any of the functional areas of marketing. The association organizes events for students, develop social marketing campaigns to increase the well being of the UIS community, and network with members of the Springfield business community.

An example of YPM’s work is the THINK campaign to promote responsible alcohol consumption: