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Student-led Organizations

Students and postdocs at IU run and contribute to a number of different national organization chapters and University organizations. These groups provide unique opportunities to engage in advocacy, outreach, community building, networking, and and even research collaboration.


ChemGRC provides a means for graduate students to shape the graduate program in the chemistry department at Indiana University Bloomington. The ChemGRC addresses issues of both academic and social nature that pertain to the graduate student population. They foster a cooperative relationship and communication channel between faculty, staff, and graduate students concerning department policy and focus. In addition, the ChemGRC promotes the professional development of graduate students, supports concerns in constructive and tactful ways, and celebrates the academic and professional successes of Indiana University’s chemistry students. A member of ChemGRC also sits on the DCC, providing a direct line of communication between the two groups. Learn more on their website.


The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields. Our local chapter is open to undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs. Please email to learn more about our local NOBCChE chapter or subscribe to our email list here!

Pride in Chemistry

Pride in Chemistry at IU is a graduate student group whose goal is to provide a social space for LGBTQ+ chemists and scientists. In addition to social events, we also host professional development seminars, mental health workshops, and provide academic resources to support queer students. We plan on starting a Pride in Chemistry seminar series, where we bring in LGBTQ+ scientists for department-wide research and diversity talks. You can learn more at here.


The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. The IU School of Medicine has a very active chapter on campus. Learn more here!

Women in Organic Chemistry

WOC@IU is a group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who have an interest and appreciation for organic chemistry. Our goals include fostering community amongst members, promoting professional development, and aiming to strengthen the retention of women scientists throughout their PhD/postdoctoral positions. We aim to build a supportive, welcoming, and proactive community of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to promote the retention and advancement of women in organic chemistry throughout their graduate careers and beyond. 

Women in Science

Our organization is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, researchers, faculty, staff, and Bloomington community members across a range of scientific fields (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, SPEA, etc.). The purpose of our organization is to support Women in Science associated with Indiana University and the surrounding community. Support includes networking with other women in science, providing resources and information on topics of concern for women in science, providing mentoring opportunities for women in science, as well as other opportunities.