School of Information Sciences - Undergraduate Program

Student Organizations

Undergraduate Organizations

Pitt Representation of Information Science Majors (PRISM)

Undergraduate Pitt Representation of Information Science Majors represents the body of IS undergraduates. It is an active organization that offers information pertaining to the major by sponsoring workshops, speakers, and presentations. Undergrads are given a chance to develop leadership abilities to show initiative to potential employers. It lays the foundations for possible awards and scholarships for students with academic integrity and leadership qualities. PRISM is an excellent way to show participation in the university community. Faculty Advisor: Bob Perkoski.

Open Mind

A Forum for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender concerns in the information profession, Open Mind's goals are 1) to make the School of Information Sciences a welcoming environment for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender persons and their friends, families, colleagues and co-workers and 2) to provide informational resources on sexual orientation and related topics such as bibliographies, webliographies and guest speakers. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ellen Detlefsen. Contact:

Graduate Organizations

Undergraduate students may attend any open events held by the below organizations and may approach these organizations through PRISM in order to partner in events.

American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)

SIS has a student chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology. Membership in this organization is open to all SIS students; however, there are dues that cover student membership in the national ASIS&T organization. Activities include participation in the ASIS&T mid-year and annual meetings and monthly meetings here at SIS, which include guest speakers on interesting topics, and tours of local facilities of interest. The goal of the organization is to foster professionalism among SIS students. ASIS&T's faculty advisor is Dr. Leanne Bowler.

International Student Organization (ISO)

The International Students Organization (ISO) is comprised of students from around the world. They serve as a resource for newly-arrived international students, assisting them with housing information and acquainting them with the Pitt culture. For more information contact ISO at

The Whole Process

While many other schools emphasize technology, the iSchool is concerned with the whole process—information architecture, navigation, and management.