Our chapter strives to provide students with valuable resources in addition to those already provided by ACM. This would include events such as guest speaker series, the career development workshop, and meet-and-greet events with a variety of companies.
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.