Students are encouraged to participate in clubs and professional organizations, which can help establish career-building networks and create lifelong friendships, and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences has a number of student groups to choose from.

The SEFS Graduate Council serves as the voice for the graduate students within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. The council promotes policies and programs that support graduate students in their academic, professional and personal success, and it serves as a communication bridge between faculty and students, as well as to foster community and inclusivity. Contact the SEFS Graduate Council at

The Dead Elk Society works to promote social interaction and networking between graduate students, faculty and staff.

International Forestry Students Association – UW Chapter supports global cooperation among forestry and natural resource management students to broaden knowledge and understanding for the realization of a sustainable future for our forests.

The Society for Ecological Restoration UW Student Guild creates a networking community among UW and regional restoration students, researchers, practitioners and other organizations, and shares information and job/research opportunities related to restoration ecology.

The Society of American Foresters UW Chapter promotes the practice and art of forestry and forest-related natural resources professions and education.

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) UW Student Chapter promotes the curricular, professional and social development of students majoring in Bioresource Science and Engineering.

The UW Geospatial Club promotes the use of geospatial tools and technologies.

The Wildlife Society UW Chapter provides activities and events that focus on wildlife issues.

The Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society decures and maintains a high standard of scholarship in forestry education, works for the improvement of the forestry profession and promotes a kindred spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest. Xi Sigma Pi has expanded its objectives to include honoring the academic achievements of students in fisheries, environmental and wildlife sciences.

Registered Student Organizations (RSO) Community Directory is a list maintained by the UW Student Activities Office.These are groups of students with a common purpose that have formed an official organization. RSOs are constantly being created, so check back often to see if there’s a group that appeals to you.

Funds for Student Organizations

SEFS has limited endowment funds to support the activities of Student Organizations at SEFS.  If your registered student organization would like to apply for funding (up to $500 per year) please go here:
Please note that students will now be able to request annual funding every quarter (except summer), so if you miss the deadline this quarter, you will have another opportunity in the fall.  The deadline for spring quarter applications is June 1.

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