Student Groups

Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Nu Chapter

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, whose purposes are to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature; to promote interest in literature and the English language on campus and in the surrounding community; and to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. Alpha Nu chapter sponsors a variety of activities, including writing competitions,awards ceremonies for the competitions, and book drives. For more information, contact Dr. Richard Trout at

Pi Gamma Mu, Epsilon Chapter

University of the Southwest Pi Gamma Mu-Epsilon Chapter is the first International Honor Society in Social Sciences established in the State of New Mexico.  The Honor Society is devoted to recognizing superior scholarship within the social science disciplines while offering enrichment opportunities through service projects, publications, and lectureship. For more information, contact Dr. Bill Sumruld at

 Healthcare Occupations Group

The Healthcare Occupations Group (HOG) is a career exploration and preparation student organization for any USW students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field.  HOG provides students an opportunity to learn about and prepare for various career paths in the healthcare industry by having weekly meetings, guest speaker events to hear from a wide variety of healthcare professionals, trips to local medical clinics and hospitals and to health professions programs at different colleges and universities, and offering study groups for admissions exams to health professions schools, and assistance with seeking volunteer, internship, shadowing a healthcare professional, and job opportunities and applying to health professions programs. For more information, contact Brian Arnold at

TriBeta National Biological Honor Society, Epsilon Chi Mu Chapter 

TriBeta Biological Honor Society is a nationwide student organization for the students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 626 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Epsilon Chi Mu Chapter at USW was installed with eight founding members on September 15, 2021. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Dr. Yusheng Wu at

Undergraduate STEM research group 

The undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research group is a student organization for the undergraduates who are majoring in biology related areas at College of Arts and Sciences. The purpose of the group is to foster the independence of conducting an undergraduate STEM research project, gain essential hands-on experience working in the lab, analyze the data, publish a paper in a peer-reviewed academic journal, and ultimately lay the solid foundation for further study at a graduate school or for the skills in workplace. For more information, contact Dr. Yusheng Wu at

Student Government Association 

USW Student Government Association (SGA) is a student organization that provides guidance to student functions, facilitates communication between students and the University's administration, provides the University's administration with insight for institutional improvement to ensure the rights of all students, and provides leadership for student organizations.  SGA cabinet members are elected each spring for the coming academic year and there are scholarship opportunities for four of the cabinet members.  All USW students are encouraged to become involved in SGA. The mission of SGA is to be a body of student leaders who serve the USW community through special events, campus improvements, student representation, and community service. SGA operates under a specific constitution devised and adopted by the students of USW.  For more information, contact Kyle Stafford at