Student organizations at CREOL are run by students for students. The students operate undergraduate (SOS) and graduate (CAOS) organizations to support learning, outreach, and professional developement. Student leaders in the organizations also participate in governance of the college by serving on various committees and offering invaluable student perspectives to the faculty and administration. In addition, five student chapters of professional societies are active at the college. These chapters host a variety of events each year to promote career development and student engagement in the societies.
SPIE was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.
IPS is the photonics society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The student chapter at CREOL is run by graduate-students to foster learning and professional development in optics. The chapter organizes lectures at the college and outreach activities around the community.
SID is comprised of the top scientists, engineers, corporate researchers, and business people of the display industry. The SID UCF chapter is aimed to disseminate the knowledge of the field of displays to the general public and further the professional development of all our student members
The mission of WiLO is to promote personal and professional growth for women of CREOL in the field of Optics, Photonics and Lasers though community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career. This organization will also work towards preparing all CREOL students, enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degrees, for the transition from student to professional life.