Student Interest Groups
What is the difference between a Student Interest Group (SIG) and Registered Student Organization (RSO)?
A student interest group is an informal group that meets with a faculty advisor about a particular topic on WSU campuses. There is no formal structure or any additional organized events. SIGs must be registered with the College of Medicine Student Affairs. If the group wants to organize events such as inviting speakers, holding a dinner at a faculty’s home, or a community service activity or request funding, the group must become a registered student organization, which is a formal process that includes training and requirements. To become an RSO, please visit this page.
RSOs are overseen by the WSU Health Sciences Spokane Office of Student Leadership and Involvement. View the RSO Policies and Procedures Handbook on CougSync. RSOs must follow Student Leadership and Involvement policies and are eligible for funding and other benefits. For more information, please contact Katie Gilsdorf (Director of Student Leadership & Involvement) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-358-7570
For any questions, please contact the College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs at EFLOstudentaffairs@wsu.edu and/or 509-368-6827.
As groups get started, we will posted a list here with contact information for other students to join.
Interested in starting your own Student Interest Group? Please review the forms below and submit your online registration. Limited funding is available to “officially recognized” student interest groups through the Office of Student Affairs approval basis. Student interest groups may also charter as Registered Student Organization through the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement. As an RSO, you are eligible for funding through the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement.
*To keep the most up-to-date contact information, all student interest group leaders are required to update primary, secondary and faculty advisor names with the Office of Student Affairs via EFLOStudentAffairs@wsu.edu.
Overview for faculty advisors to a student interest group
If you are interested in becoming a faculty advisor of a medical student interest group (SIG), we ask that you follow these guidelines. Whether you are experienced or new to being a faculty advisor, you are about to engage in a rewarding experience with medical students, and the Office of Student Affairs looks forward to assisting you. We have published these guidelines to provide you with information about resources available to you and your students’ organization.
The services we provide advisors and student interest groups are continually changing and developing to support your efforts. We will inform you of changes via email and post them on the College of Medicine Student Affairs website. If you have suggestions or comments about the guidelines, or other services that are provided to the SIGs, please forward them to EFLOstudentaffairs@wsu.edu. Should you have additional questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office via phone at 509-368-6827 or email.
Why become an advisor to a student interest group?
Student interest groups provide a unique opportunity for students to learn from a faculty’s perspective to enhance their co-curricular experience, as well as to interact with other students outside of the classroom setting. Most students find their participation in SIGs very rewarding – and you are a key part of that. As mentors to the groups, advisors serve as a guide for the students and can tangibly enhance students’ experiences with the group.
Advisors help to carry on traditions, relay information from year-to-year for continuity, and provide valuable knowledge; as well as share insights about your professional and personal journey in health care and medicine. Your willingness to volunteer in this role will make the students’ experience a worthwhile one. Your commitment to providing this leadership to students will be rewarding for them and for you. If the students desire more than an informal group meeting with a faculty advisor such as organized events, you must become a Registered Student Organization.
Who can become an advisor?
Advisors to student interest groups must be a WSU faculty member.
Role of advisors to student interest groups
- Attend SIG meetings and be available to members of the group;
- Promote interaction between SIGs;
- Serve as a liaison/communication link between the SIG and Office of Student Affairs;
- Counsel the SIG on effective guidelines for having effective and sometimes, difficult conversations;
- Assist with connecting SIGs to campus resources.
For questions, please contact EFLOStudentAffairs@wsu.edu.