CoEP Student Organizations

Department of Child and Family Studies

Child and Family Student Organization (CFSO) serves and acts on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all children and their families in Hattiesburg and the surrounding communities, with special emphasis on developmental and educational services and resources to research, compile, and disseminate information regarding early childhood development.  Contact Dr. Claire Kimberly at or Dr. Angel Herring at

Marriage and Family Therapy Student Organization (MFTSO) serves and acts on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all individuals, couples, and families in Hattiesburg and the surrounding area with special emphasis on improving the quality of life for families.  Contact Dr. Heath Grames at

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is a non-profit, global community of educators and advocates who disseminate information about and advocate for desirable conditions, programs, and practices affecting children, infancy through early adolescence.  ACEI members include teachers, teacher educators, students, child care center directors, and other organizations.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets of professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Instructional Technology Student Association (ITSA) promotes a sense of community and intellectual exchange among students, faculty, alumni, and professionals in Instructional Technology.  Contact Dr. Taralynn Hartsell at or Dr. Shuyan Wang at

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is a professional organization in which students are involved in service activities as well as professional learning opportunities which enhance their learning with regard to teacher education initiatives. Membership is open to those individuals who meet the appropriate criteria. 

Mid South Educational Research Association (MSERA) is a regional organization related to the American Educational Research Association with a primary focus on presentation of research related to learning and teaching.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is the post secondary division of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda.  PBL is a nonprofi t 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.  Contact Dr. Diane Fisher at

Pi Omega Pi is the National Business Education Teacher Honor Society, which has the purpose of promoting scholarship and service in the area of business education.  Contact Dr. Diane Fisher at

Student Education Association (SEA) is an extension of the Mississippi Education Association operating at the state level. SEA is designed to promote an understanding of pre-service teachers’ knowledge related to issues of legislation, work benefits, and professional practices taking place state and nationwide. As part of the National Education Association, the SEA receives numerous benefits with regard to legislative updates and information related to teaching.

Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Southern Miss Education Law Association (S.M.E.L.A.) is a student research collaborative affiliated with the national Education Law Association. The purpose of S.M.E.L.A. is to create a community of scholars committed to the study of education law.  Contact Dr. Thelma Roberson at or visit

Department of Educational Studies and Research

Graduation Educational Research Association (GERA) provides encouragement to fellow students who are interested in conducting research, publishing, and presenting their original work.  Contact Dr. Kyna Shelley at

School of Library and Information Science

LISSA (Library and Information Science Student Association) works to provide SLIS students with an active channel of communication and representation with the administration and faculty, and encourages professional contacts within the field of librarianship.  Contact Dr. Xinyu (Cindy) Yu at

Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society for library and information science, has become the standard alumni organization promoting scholarship, leadership and service in the information professions.  Contact Dr. Stacy Creel at  

Department of Psychology

Psychology Club is open to all students who are interested in psychology.  Club members meet regularly on topics of interest (i.e., graduate school, GRE), perform philanthropic tasks, and participate in fund-raising.  Contact Dr. Melanie Leuty at

Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society the Honor Society for the discipline of Psychology. Membership in Psi Chi is a point of pride as it indicates that the individual is among the most accomplished of Psychology students. Eligibility requires at least 12 hours completed hours in Psychology and a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.  Contact Dr. Sheree Watson at

Gulf Coast Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (GCSC) is a collaborative organization of students conducting marine mammal research throughout the entire Gulf Coast region. Together, we provide educational outreach to local communities and serve as a network for fostering the exchange of ideas and scientific discussion.  Contact Dr. Stan Kuczaj at

Counseling Psychology Student Government (CPSG) is a student organization aimed at providing personal and professional support; fostering well-being, motivation, and morale; and promoting personal and professional development for all graduate students in the Counseling Psychology graduate program at The University of Southern Mississippi.  Contact Dr. Michael Madson at