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Stanford and Professional Societies for Underrepresented Science Researchers: National Societies and Organization

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

General Science

          Association of Filipino Scientists in America (AFSA) membership form Linked in Profile

AFSA is a community of filipino/a/x scientists in America seeking to utilize their collective expertise and resources to support communities in the Philippines and the United States. Their event programming include but is not limited to CV & resume building workshops, fireside chats, science communication workshops, networking and community building workshops, panel discussions, a mentor-mentee program, member highlights, and a monthly speaker. They also hold an Anniversary celebration event with speakers, networking, and online events. To become a member you would need to fill out the google form provided, however they do not have a website and instead frequently update and provide links to their events on their linkedin profile and social media pages.

             LQBTQ+ STEM

LGBTQ+ STEM is a global project made to showcase LGBTQ+ people in the STEM fields, aimed to show the diversity of people of people that can be found in roles across all STEM disciplines and hopefully provide connection and role models to those entering STEM. They encourage anyone to identifies as LGBTQ+ and works or studies in a field related to Science, Technology, Engineering,and Mathematics to fill out their google form to have your own presence on the blog. They also provide a space to submit writings that will be posted on the blog about anything from personal reflections, resources, experiences, stories, etc. These writings can also be posted anonymously. They hold organize and annual LGBTSTEMinar conference to showcase work from diverse fields and to encourage collaboration between different departments, universities, companies, and subjects. LGBTQ+ STEM also publishes a list of University Staff LGBT associations. To get involved you can join their mailing list, follow their social media pages, or submit a profile/writing.

          Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

SACNAS is a multidisciplinary and multicultural organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans to become leaders in STEM. The organization is made up of members from a wide array of academic/career stages from college students to professionals in chapters. Their programming entails: leaderships training for students and professionals, professional programs, regional meetings, an annual conference, webinars, a Mentor Activation for Students (MAS) program, job resources, Native American programming, a CAREERCON free training and job placement event, and much more.

        500 Queer Scientists (500 QS)     

500 QS is a community driven visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and allies working in STEM. 500 QS aims to ensure the upcoming STEM generation has LGBTQ+ role models through visibility, opportunities, and community connections. The campaign is driven by individual, by self-submitted bios and stories from queer scientists. You can read the many profiles and stories on their website, or you can submit your own. They also promote community-contributed resources such as a job board and a calendar of LGBTQ+ in STEM focused events.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers     

NOBCChE is a non-profit organization that aims to assist black and other minority students and professionals in their academic professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields. The organization has established multiple educational partnerships from K-12 to professional advancement on a local, regional, national, and global scale. They are made up of professional and student chapters. The student chapters, for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate, allow students to network with mentors and potential employers to develop leadership skills. NOBCChE provides scholarships, fellowships and other awards to students. As well as funding to selected students to attend their national conference to present scientific research and receive one-to-one mentoring from professional volunteers, abstract reviewers, exhibiting partners, and conference judges.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)      

AISES is a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples of North America, the Pacific Islands, and Canada in STEM studies and careers. They are made up of pre-college, chartered college/university, tribal, and professional chapters in Canada and the U.S. They provide support for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate STEM education through academic scholarships, internships, professional development career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development summits, and other STEM-focused programming. The Stanford Chapter of American Indian Science and Engineering Society is a chapter of AISES.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)     

oSTEM is a nonprofit professional association for LGBTQ+ people in the STEM community made up of student and professional chapters in the United States and abroad. oSTEM implements an all-expense-paid professional development summit for students nearing graduation or early career professionals selected to attend the career retreat weekend. oSTEM also organizes for members an annual and regional conference, scholarship programs, grad app assistance funding, mentorship programming, and awards. Opening a student chapter can allow students to create events and programming that support LGBTQ+ STEM students, workshops, panels of queer professionals, information sessions with sponsors, volunteering in the community with K-12 programs, and much more.

NOGLSTP Out to Innovate     

NOGLSTP Out to Innovate is a non-profit that aims to empower LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support. They continue to develop relationships with professional societies and currently provide networking opportunities to members attending professional society meetings such as, AAS Annual Meetings, ACS national meetings, and SACNAS annual meetings. Professional development opportunities are provided to members through mentoring programs, career service connections, a biennial career summit, recognition awards programs, and scholarship programs. Out to Innovate offers a career development fellowship for the professional development of trans, intersex, and non-binary graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in STEM.


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)     

NSBE promotes pre-collegiate, collegiate, and technical professionals in engineering and technology to increase the number of Black Engineers. They have a number of different activities that happen at the chapter, regional, or national level such as: tutorial programs, high school/junior outreach, technical seminars and workshops, national communications network, newsletters, career fairs, awards, banquets, and regional/national conferences. The Society of Black Scientists and Engineers (SBSE) is Stanford’s chapter of NSBE.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)     

SHPE is made up of professional, student, and junior chapters with the mission of empowering the Hispanic community to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. Their activities include: an annual national conference, a number of different resource programs, awards, a newsletter, a podcast “SHPE Out Loud”, and engaging with members through storytelling. The Stanford Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE) is a chapter of SHPE.

Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES)     

MAES intends to promote, cultivate, and advance representation of Latino leadership and education in STEM. They are organized into a network of professional, college/university students, and junior chapters. Their programming includes: a leadership development academy, chapter development summits, mentoring pre-college students through FIRST, Bravo Awards to recognize excellence, and the potential to receive their scholarship.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)     

SWE is a global organization with a mission to empower women in their careers as engineers and leaders, expand engineering as a positive force in improving quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion. The organization works towards engaging members in public policy, producing research that informs policies and practices to increase gender equality, and global programming and connections. Their programming includes: a bi-monthly magazine, scholarships, youth programs, professional programs, college programs, local conferences, and an annual conference with the potential for provided housing to attend.

Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)     

WEPAN is a non-profit education organization that connects people, research and practice to advance cultures of inclusion and diversity in engineering higher education and workplace. WEPAN allows its member to develop professional contacts, gain access to professional development and online communities, network, and learn about research-based practices for recruitment and retention of women in engineering. Their programming includes: info sessions, webinars, conferences, workshop programs, summits, and panels. Students are able to get access to their resources and become a member even if they are not yet affiliated with an institutional member.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)     

NACME offers programs to historically underrepresented minority students who wish to excel in the fields of engineering or computer science. For undergraduate students they offer programming such as: Career Accelerator in Science and Engineering Academy, executive speaker series, career placement, and research/publication. NACME partner with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in which they serve as the primary administrator for two of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s signature initiatives for graduate students. The first is the University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs) initiative provides mentoring, community, and scholarships to students. The second is the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) initiative which aims to support Indigenous students in STEM to offer environments that meet the unique needs of Indigenous students. NACME also partners with multiple different entities to provide scholarships, resources, and opportunities.

Earth Science

     National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG)

NABG is a nonprofit organization that aids minority students in their educational and career development by visiting colleges and university to present information pertaining to careers in geology and geophysics, hold workshops, inform students of career opportunities, and establish professional and inter-company relationships. The hold an annual technical conference that provides discussion through sessions, professional development workshops, local field trips, social events, and award ceremonies. Attending the conference also allows students to present their work to world class researchers, CEOs/energy companies, and governmental agencies. NABG also offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate minority students enrolled full-time in geoscience programs.

           Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Geosciences (AAPIiG)

AAPIiG is a grassroots, member-driven organization that is committed to building a community that supports Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders within geosciences. Community members that are involved include (but are not limited to) undergraduates, graduate students, graduates in transition, professionals, retirees, etc. A way to get connected can be through their hosted slack channel, following on social media, or filling out a contact form on their website. The organization coordinates activities such as: networking events, mentorship work, informational seminars and panels, community discussions, students mixers, and various other events.


GeoLatinas is an organization that aims to embrace, empower, and inspire Latinas to pursue and thrive in careers in Earth and Planetary Sciences. They consist of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate that can take part in committees for various roles such as leadership council, local teams, and ambassadors. Initiatives they promote for its members are peer mentoring, branding, education & outreach, nominating members for awards, relaying education and career opportunities, and creating a scholarship database. Ways to get involved include emailing, filling out an interest form, or following their social media accounts.

          Black in Geoscience

Black in Geoscience is a group of volunteer black scientists and allies around the world that aim to acknowledge, amplify, and support, the work of Black earth and planetary scientists from around the world. They plan, organize, and promote virtual events, global connections, petitions, readings & compilations, training opportunities, lectures, and stories about Black geoscientists in community. Ways to get involved include joining their email list, filling out an interest form, or following their social media accounts.

International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)     

IAGD is a non-profit dedicated to improving access and inclusion for people with disabilities in the geosciences. They are made up of students and professionals that work towards developing a community of resources. Their goals are to advance knowledge of access and accommodation within geosciences, promote efforts of inclusion through collaboration in research, disseminate instructional best practices, and professional development opportunities. They organize and provide, annual accessible geology field trips, conference grants, scholarships, and Library of Inclusive Field Technology (LIFT kits), and a multitude of accessibility resources. Ways to get involved include joining their email listserv, becoming a student ambassador, or creating a profile on their website to connect with members.

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)     

AWG is an international organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences. Members of AWD include professionals, teachers, students, retirees, and many more. The organization features a newsletter, career opportunities, scholarships, awards, community events, community outreach, field work informationals, preparation of resumes and job applications, and international and national field trips. Ways to get involved include serving as a chapter officer, serving as a delegate, or simply becoming a member. Stanford does not yet have a chapter.

Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN)     

ESWN is a grassroots, non-profit, member driven organization committed to building a resilient community that lifts all scientists and moves the geosciences forward. They host and promote job opportunities, networking events, workshops, and much more. ESWN has hosted a women’s networking event at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco each year since 2003. The get connected with ESWN you can complete a member form, or follow their social media accounts.

Marine and Ocean Sciences

Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS)     

SWMS is a charity dedicated to bringing together marine scientists of all career levels to discuss, celebrate, and promote visibility of  the diverse experiences of women in marine science. They hold occasional national events, an annual flagship day-long symposium, local and regional chapter events, and webinars. Ways to get involved with SWMS include filling out their free membership form, joining or starting a chapter, becoming a steering committee member, following their social media accounts, or becoming a mentor or mentee. SWMS also runs a blog that they update periodically with information about events, job opportunities, etc. 

Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention     

MPOWIR is a community-based program that provides mentorship to physical oceanographers from late graduate school through their early careers. They aim to make mentoring opportunities universally available, reduce barriers to career development, and improve retention of junior scientists. Their most prominent way to get involved is to join a mentor group that consists of 6-7 junior participants and 2 senior facilitators. Mentees are scientists who identify as women or marginalized and underrepresented genders who are in their last year of a U.S. pHD program, postdoctoral positions, or in a permanent position for no more than two years. The mentor group provides peer and traditional mentoring, meets monthly via conference call for ~1-2 hours. The goal is to help participants make networking connections, offer coaching, advice and strategies for professional success, and share experiences. Additional ways to get involved include submitting a career profile, following their social media accounts, joining their email list, or submitting a contact form.


          National Society of Black Physicists

NSBP is an organization devoted to the growth, development, and advancement of the African-American physics community. They offer a trip for undergraduate students to major institutions to help develop preparation and transition to graduate school., as well as a two-week summer exposure that can lead into year-long research experience. Member’s of NBSP can join their mentoring program to serve as a role model for high school students in Harlem, Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. Amongst these opportunities, NBSP also organizes and facilitates a seminar series, profiles about Black scientists and engineers, a job board, and an annual national conference.

          National Society of Hispanic Physicists

The NSHP is a community of physicists who share a passion for physics and the culture’s that make up the community. For member’s, the NSHP holds meetings with affiliated societies, produces a newsletter, offers career services, and events for networking and community building. Their website also holds a knowledge resources of essays, web links, and much more to help with academic improvement and resilience. This resource addresses frequently asked questions such as: how to do well in physics, how to apply to graduate school, what jobs/careers are available, how to start doing research, GRE study tips, opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and much more.