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Stanford and Professional Societies for Underrepresented Science Researchers: Stanford Graduate Student Groups and Organizations

Discover community in organizations and student groups on and off Stanford campus.

General Science - Graduate Student

Chemistry Association in the Interest of Minority Students

ChemAIMS is a student group comprised of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that focus on increasing and providing space for the support of women and underrepresented minorities in the Department of Chemistry. Their programming includes: breakfast meetings with underrepresented minorities(URM) and female seminar speakers, research discussion meetings, book club meetings, social events, and a seminar in spring quarter.

Stanford Native American Graduate Students (SNAGS)

SNAGS is student group that fosters community amongst the multitude of various Indigenous nations and Islands that students may come from. They promote scholarship, fellowship, and career building opportunities that may be available. SNAGS programming entails: a welcome back BBQ, community dinners, speaker forums, and a Native graduation and dinner at the end of every academic year. SNAGS often works and collaborates with the NACC and other student groups. They encourage Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to engage with resources and events associated with the vibrant Indigenous communities on Stanford campus and in the surrounding Bay Area.

Engineering - Graduate Student

Womxn of Color in Engineering (WOCE)

WOCE is a new initiative that seeks to create opportunities to gather Womxn of Color graduate students in the School of Engineering. They focus on creating spaces that center the voices and dreams of Womxn of Color by providing safe, supportive, and loving spaces. They host and help support 3-4 student-led events per quarter centered around academic leadership, professional development, community & belonging, and wellness & well-being. On their webpage they provide a form where you can seek support and propose an event. They hold office hours to hold space, ask questions, and discuss possibilities.

Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women's Group 

The Mechanical Engineering Women’s Group is a collection of students that focus on empowering graduate and postdoctoral women. The group collective focus on topics such as: professional relationships, career and family planning, challenges of breaking into male-dominated fields, finding mentors in the workplace/academia, and opportunities available. Their programming entails a seminar (“ENGR311A: Women’s Perspectives”) each winter, an annual welcome event, ice cream socials, mixers, coffee chats, movie nights, and various other community building events. Although the women’s group is graduate and postdoctoral focused, they encourage anyone to join.

Black Engineering Graduate Student Association (BEGSA)           

BEGSA, founded in 2013 by Dr. Henry Burton and Dr. Marcelo Worsley, was created to promote skills development, professional preparation and social opportunities for its members in the school of engineering. BEGSA works in partnership with Stanford engineering to operate SERGE, which hosts select prospective graduate students for a fully funded, two-day campus visit to gain exposure to live as a graduate student and work towards applying to various programs. BEGSA’s programming entails: organizing community building events, peer presentations with general discussions, network development by connecting with black engineering Masters and PhD Alumni, and black faculty and staff, skill building workshops, career workshops, and forums.