The first week of term was a whirlwind. You worked or interned over the summer, and jumped from the frying pan into the fire. But by now you've adjusted (we hope) and put your priorities in order. If you're new to Liautaud and haven't yet joined a graduate student organization, now's the time to choose.
UIC Liautaud encourages all students to become a part of the campus community by joining at least one of the many graduate student organizations at UIC Business. We've already done a lot of blogging about how UIC Liautaud’s student organizations complement the academic program by offering hands-on leadership and networking opportunities. You'll find links to some of those blog posts below.
Managed entirely by students, these Liautaud organizations embody the academic and community involvement that is a cornerstone of the UIC Liautaud experience. There are almost too many to choose from. Read up and take the initiative to enhance your graduate learning experience!
Accounting Club – The Accounting Club fosters relationships between students and firms and provides support and resources for UIC Business accountants-to-be. Get more details about what the Accounting Club here (including how to join), and check out former club president Geraldine Deliva's post about launching her career with the help of the club.
Business Analytics Organization – The Business Analytics Organization promotes the intellectual and professional development of students with an interest in business analytics and data science. Check out this blog post to learn more about the organization.
Graduate Finance and Investment Group – The Graduate Finance and Investment Group is an academic student organization dedicated to alignubg career objectives with academic studies by offering guidance and mentorship to Liautaud students. GFIG also strives to facilitate networking between upper level MBA students and incoming students, as well as networking for students and area finance organizations. Read a quick summary of GFIG's past activities here, and keep up with GFIG here.
Graduate Marketing Association – The Graduate Marketing Association offers professional networking, industry connections, and social events for graduate marketing students. Follow GMARK on Facebook and read about some of their past guest speakers here and here.
Information Systems Audit & Control Association – ISACA is a leading professional association focused on IT governance, including IT audit, IT risk management, IT compliance, and information security management. ISACA publishes a widely used industry framework for IT governance called COBIT, and administers popular professional certifications CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager). ISACA is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and has approximately 90,000 members worldwide.
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences – INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of OR/MS investigators, scientists, students, educators, and managers. Read about INFORMS activities here, including how the group supports student work on complex problems in system behavior and performance. INFORMS is dedicated to advancing the development and dissemination of all aspects of Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
Women's Network – The Women's Network (formerly known as Women's Interest Network) was founded to empower women in business through service, professional development, and networking. The Women's Network is dedicated to propelling more women into leadership positions in corporate America. The Women's Network is affiliated with MBA Women International (formerly NAWMBA, National Association of Women MBAs), an organization focused on encouragement and support for women. Connect with the Women’s Network here.
MBA Association – Membership in the MBAA allows students to engage in new opportunities for leadership, socializing, career networking, community service, and first-rate exposure to the Chicago business community. Throughout the course of the school year, MBAA provides a number of professional workshops and social outings to balance and integrate students' academic, business, and social agendas. Follow MBAA on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events and opportunities.
Net Impact – Net Impact empowers a new generation of business professionals to drive social and environmental change through their careers. Our volunteer-led chapter offers events and programs that support members who aim to use business as a force for environmental & social impact. Join the UIC Liautaud chapter of Net Impact here.
Operations Management Group – The Operations Management Group supports operations and supply chain education and offers networking opportunities for MBA students to connect them with fellow MBAs, alumni, and practitioners in operations management. Learn more about the Operations Management Group here.