Student Organizations

CFR Dean's Council

The CFR Dean's Student Council provides the means for the exchange of information and ideas between the student body, faculty and administration. It coordinates and supports activities that enhance professional growth and social welfare of CFR students and provides counsel to the Dean on academic and extra-curricular aspects of student life. The Dean's Student Council plans and conducts the CFR Fall Bar-B-Que and the Annual Student Awards Banquet, and it assists in welcoming visitors to CFR events such as MSU Discovery Day. Membership is comprised of four elected officers (CFR Interschool Council) and the President/Chairman of each recognized CFR student organization.

Advisor: Cory Bailey | Email

College of Forest Resources Ambassadors

The CFR Ambassadors are a select group of students representing all departments within our college. Ambassadors are selected after submitting an application and attending an interview. Meetings are held every two weeks, and responsibilities vary depending on the needs of the college.

Advisor: Cory Bailey | Email

Fire Dawgs at MSU

Fire Dawgs at MSU provides state and federal training, fire education, and prescribed burning opportunities. This open forum on fire ecology provides opportunities to share research and information and opportunities to network.

Advisor: Ashley Schulz | Email

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences

MANRRS is a student organization aimed to promote the inclusion of ethnic and cultural groups that are under-represented in agricultural and natural resources and related fields in all phases of career preparation and participation.


Faculty Advisor: Scott Willard | Email

Society of American Foresters (SAF) / Forestry Club

The Mississippi State Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters/Forestry Club is an active part of a nationally recognized professional organization. Its purposes at MSU are to promote professionalism and fellowship among student members, to provide service to the local community, to aid in the advancement of forestry at MSU, and to gain social experience and personal contacts with professional foresters. Student chapter objectives are attained through involvement in SAF activities at the local, state and national levels. Any student enrolled in the CFR is eligible for membership in the chapter. Some activities in which the chapter participates include Annual State and National SAF Conventions, Fall and Spring Field Days, MSU Fall Discover Day, Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show, Wood Magic Science Fair, Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave, Adopt-A-Highway program, and Project Learning Tree. Students are encouraged to join because active involvement in any professional organization leads not only to individual advancement in a profession, but also to advancement of the profession.

Faculty Advisor: Adam Polinko | Email

Xi Sigma Pi

Xi Sigma Pi is the national forestry honor society. It was founded at the University of Washington in 1908. The MSU Chapter Alpha Theta was founded in 1971. The objectives of Xi Sigma Pi are to secure and maintain a high standard of scholarship in forest resources education, to work for the improvement of the forest resources profession, and to promote a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to natural resources. Some of the qualifications for election to membership are: (1) 74 semester hours completed with 10 semester hours in CFR professional courses; (2) regular registration in the CFR for one semester; (3) minimum 3.00 GPA in total and CFR courses; and (4) character and personality. All students enrolled in the CFR are eligible for nomination.

Faculty Advisor: Krishna Poudel | Email

Professional Organizations

The International Society of Forest Resource Economics

The International Society of Forest Resource Economics, (formally SOFEW), is an organization that brings together representatives of industry, consulting, academia, and federal and state agencies to discuss current issues in the economics of forestry, timber markets, timberland investments, and forest products trade.


National Association Of University Forest Resources Programs

The National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP), (formerly the National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges) was formed in 1981 and represents 80 of our nation’s most prestigious universities and their respective scientists, educators and extension specialists.


Mississippi Society of American Foresters

The Mississippi Society of American Foresters is one of 33 state and multi-state societies that make up the Society of American Foresters, an organization of professional foresters dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of forestry. Our 600 state members constitute the largest professional forestry organization in Mississippi.


Mississippi Forestry Association

MFA's Vision is to serve as the "Voice of Forestry" in Mississippi. Our Mission is leading diverse groups to promote landowner rights, environmental stewardship, member prosperity, and community understanding. MFA members and staff work to accomplish our Mission by conducting public affairs, communication, and education programs that will foster better understanding and appreciation of conservation, development, and use of forestland and resources.


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