Student Organizations & Selected Honararies

Students in Human Sciences can enhance their academic program by participating in a variety of student organizations and honoraries. Involvement with peers in these organizations can often help students develop leadership and communication skills, explore professional interests and career opportunities, and meet other students and faculty. Students are encouraged to review the information on the organizations presented here and to contact those that interest them.

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Student Organizations


American Society of Interior Designers
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter/Department of Consumer and Design Sciences is an affiliate of the American Society of Interior Designers, a professional society of interior designers. The primary purpose of this organization is to enlarge students' understanding of the interior design profession and the role they might have with this organization through Allied and Professional membership. All majors in Interior Design are eligible for membership. Activities include student participation in events sponsored by Alabama ASID and National ASID organizations, field trips, design competitions, and other types of pre-professional development activities. Contact the Department Head, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences, for further information.

Apparel Merchandising and Design Association
The Apparel Merchandising and Design Association (AMDA) is an organization for students enrolled in the merchandising and design majors within the Department of Consumer Affairs. It has been created to support and encourage the students in their education and future careers within the industry. The organization can benefit the members by bridging the gap between merchandising and design students while building relationships outside the University. AMDA can help by connecting students with professionals in the industry for internships and jobs. AMDA hopes to have fashion shows for the University and local community, clothing drives, guest speakers and demonstrations as well as set up a peer scholarship to support our students in their endeavors. Contact the Department Head, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences, for further information.

Auburn University Student Chapter of Club Managers
The Auburn University Student Chapter of Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) was chartered in September 1990. This student chapter is recognized by the Alabama Chapter and national headquarters of CMAA and was the 20th student chapter to be chartered in the U.S. Membership is open to all Hotel and Restaurant Management majors who have an interest in club management or who identify with the standards of club management. Guest speakers, field trips to private clubs, and attendance at the CMAA National Conference are among the activities of this group. Contact the Department Head, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management for further information.

Human Sciences Student Ambassadors
The Human Sciences Student Ambassadors is a select group of men and women who serve as ambassadors for the College of Human Sciences. The ambassador’s major role is to represent the College of Human Sciences and provide information about students, faculty, academic programs, and careers in Human Sciences to prospective students and their families, alumni, and visiting dignitaries. Ambassadors assist at College and University-sponsored events, conduct tours of Human Sciences facilities, correspond with interested students and their families, and meet with advisory councils and the Dean's Development Board. Contact Academic Affairs, College of Human Sciences, for further information.

International Interior Design Association
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Chapter/Department of Consumer and Design Sciences is an affiliate of the International Interior Design Association of Designers, a professional society of interior designers. The primary purpose of this organization is to work toward the advancement of the value of interior design and its practitioners as well as to cultivate leadership within the profession. IIDA seeks to enlarge students' understanding of the interior design profession internationally and the role they might have with this organization through Allied and Professional membership. All majors in Interior Design are eligible for membership. Activities include student participation in events sponsored by Alabama IIDA and National IIDA organizations, field trips, design competitions, and other types of pre-professional development activities. Contact the Department Head, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences, for further information.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
NSMH, formally known as the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, is one of the largest student-led organizations in the United States. Founded in 1989, there are currently over 90 Universities and Colleges with an active NSMH chapter. The goals of NSMH are to educate and assist future leaders of the hospitality industry, provide networking opportunities, and promote diversity in hospitality. Contact the Department Head, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management, for further information. (334) 844-4261

Student Dietetic Association
The Student Dietetic Association (SDA) is a student organization affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The goals are to involve Auburn students in the expansion and communication of nutrition knowledge through projects such as "National Nutrition Month" programs, lectures on current topics in nutrition, and practical yet fun social events. The Student Dietetic Association allows nutrition and food science students as well as students in other curricula to have a greater understanding of nutrition and the professional applications of nutrition in health care. Contact the Department Head, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management, for further information.

The Organization for Professionals in Human Development
The goals of the Organization for Professionals in Human Development (OPHD) are to provide a common group for students interested in human development and family relations: OPHD also serves to increase professionalism and volunteer service among HDFS majors and to promote and support HDFS as a profession. Contact the Department Head, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, for further information.

Selected Honor Societies


Eta Sigma Delta
Eta Sigma Delta is the national scholastic honorary society for Hotel and Restaurant Management majors. Students must be a junior or senior and have an overall grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Membership is by invitation only.

Gamma Sigma Delta
Gamma Sigma Delta is a scholastic honor society for outstanding students in the College of Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture. Graduating seniors or graduate students, who have a 3.00 or above and who are in the top fifteen percent of their class, are eligible for this organization.

Kappa Omicron Nu
Kappa Omicron Nu is the national honor society for outstanding students in human sciences. Students in the upper fifteen percent of the junior class and the upper twenty percent of the senior class with at least a 3.00 grade point average are eligible for invitation to membership. In addition, students must have completed two upper level courses in the major.

Phi Kappa Phi
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is a national scholastic honor society which recognizes and encourages academic excellence in all disciplines. Students in the top five percent of the graduating class from each college/school are invited into membership each semester.

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