Clubs and Organizations
There are numerous opportunities for students to get involved at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA). Clubs and organizations are a great way to make new friends and network within your industry. Volunteering for educational events at the IAA may serve as extra credit for your class. Alumni are also encouraged to volunteer at IAA events or mentor current students.
IAA students can participate in all university activities except NCAA athletic teams. The University of Maryland has over 800 clubs and organizations to choose from. To view a complete listing of clubs and organizations at UMD, visit Orgsync.
IAA/Green Industry Student Organizations
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)
In 2010, IAA students established the first PGMS student chapter in the country, under the DC branch of PGMS. The purpose of PGMS is to unite professional grounds managers and those interested in or providing service to the grounds management industry; to promote the dissemination of educational materials and reliable information pertinent to the execution of grounds management functions; and to assist in attaining and maintaining a high standard of business ethics (PGMS Bylaws, Section 102). Interested students can contact Ken Ingram or visit the PGMS Student Chapter webpage.
IAA Garden Club
The UMD Community Learning Garden is located between the Public Health Building and Eppley Recreation Center. On select days during the week, students meet and volunteer at the garden. Volunteering at the garden helps UMD students learn about sustainable agriculture and gardening while connecting with other students and the larger community in a meaningful way. Volunteers also enjoy the benefits of the harvest. Click here to learn more.
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
In 1997 the IAA created an official student chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). GCSAA is an international professional association dedicated to advancing golf course management through education and informational exchange. Interested students can contact Dr. Kevin Mathias.