Scholar Service Organization (SSO)
In 1997, the TTU/HHMI Scholars created on their own initiative an officially recognized student organization, the TTU/HHMI Scholar Service Organization (SSO), to serve as the organizing entity for their social and service activities. The group meets regularly to plan events, which includes involvement with K-12 schools, tutoring their fellow students, and opportunities for research presentations. The SSO meetings provide an opportunity for scholars to discuss their research projects, educational experiences, and other issues related to undergraduate research and science education. The members can choose to take a leadership role by running for one of six offices. Another area of leadership is in serving on the Scholar Selection Committee, to interview the Scholar applicants.
SSO events are organized by the Scholars with help from the program staff. Some are informational, some are to meet with local and visiting scientists, and some are purely recreational with the purpose of building camaraderie between Scholars.