Student Organizations

Student business organizations offer social, service, and professional opportunities for students within the College of Business and Management. Membership can broaden acquaintances, develop leadership abilities, build decision-making and problem-solving skills, and complement classroom instruction.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma SigmaBeta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society that provides the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive at a school accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).  The mission of the society is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence. BGS grants admission to the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate class and the top 20 percent of graduate students.  UIS membership is by invitation only.


The Society for Advancement of Management (SAM)

Society for Advancement of ManagementThe 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.” Find more information about UIS SAM at UISConnection.


The Society for Human Resource Management

Society for Human Resources 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 members Sudeep Sharma, Ph.D. and Stephanie Maynard-Patrick, Ph.D.  For more information on the UIS SHRM Student Chapter, contact Sudeep at 217-206-8275 or sshar5@uis.edu.  Check out our SHRM Website and UIS Connection sites.


Innovate SpringfieldInnovate Springfield, now a part of the University of Illinois Springfield, is a university-led social innovation and business incubator.  In the heart of Springfield, across from the Old State Capitol, Innovate Springfield makes office space and amenities available to those starting new businesses.  They also provide capacity-building programming and a community of entrepreneurs and expert advisors.  And the best news is that student memberships are available for free, if you are a student who is working on a start up idea.