ACM student chapters present the opportunity for schools to take advantage of different benefits of a normal ACM membership, but with the added bonus of free membership for students attending the college. UF’s chapter of ACM hopes to act as a social club and gathering point for computer science students of all sorts – whether they’re in the college of engineering, liberal arts, business, or otherwise – and act as the de facto organization for these interests.

In the past, UF-ACM has acted as more than an occupational organization – social events, such as picnics by Lake Walburg, were popular. Today we connect students to each other in a few other ways, including general body meetings (to distribute information about internships, careers, and the field as a whole), student directories (in case you’re looking for other CS students to ask questions to), and CISE-sponsored tutoring.

A number of companies and organizations lend speakers to UF-ACM to speak about topics important to CS students. For instance, Lockheed Martin presents a lecture on Life After College, including important information on finding careers and handling your money. Walt Disney Information Technology presents a series on the evolution of technology as it pertains to budgets and business.

UF-ACM members are invited to be part of its two daughter organizations, the UF-ACM Programming Team and the UF Information Security Team. Both of these organizations participate in national competitions, competitions where UF teams have taken home first-place trophies in multiple times.