UM Information Systems wins international student chapter award

University of Montana Information Systems Association vice president Allie Taylor and Jake Belles, center, and the student group earned an international award. (UM photo)

The University of Montana student chapter of the Association for Information Systems earned an Outstanding Student Chapter Award at the 2019 AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference.

AIS lauded UM for its productive year recruiting student members and providing professional development opportunities, including events to meet and network with representatives from national firms.

Each year, the Outstanding Student Chapter Award recognizes chapters worldwide that champion the AIS areas of emphasis: professional development, membership, careers in information systems, community service, fundraising and communications.

AIS student chapters submit annual reports to assess the health of their chapter, which provide information for yearly progress.

“The annual reports for the AIS student chapters provide a great opportunity for AIS and the chapters themselves to analyze their yearly growth,” said Rhonda Syler, vice president of student chapters. “The chapters are given a chance to put all their success into words and be proud of what they have accomplished. Each year we honor very talented students who have dedicated countless hours to AIS.”

The AIS Chapter at UM was incredibly active during the 2017-18 school year in increasing membership and professional development within the chapter, which included visits from two companies during spring semester. They also hosted a multitude of guest speakers from national firms.

Additionally, the chapter hosted resume and Microsoft Excel workshops. Over 250 students attended the UM AIS Chapter meeting where they created personalized business cards and had professional headshots taken.

The Association for Information Systems, founded in 1994, is a professional organization that serves as the premier global organization for academics, students and professionals specializing in Information Systems.