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Activities and Organizations

Activities and Organizations at the U of R

ADSE: Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering

The ADSE: Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering mission is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in academia, industry, and government through graduate student organizations that reach out to students and scientists of all ages and backgrounds. The local chapter is working to establish a diversity lecture series to bring underrepresented faculty from other universities to Rochester. ADSE provides a space where underrepresented graduate students in STEM fields from across the University can meet, network, and hold workshops and panels to openly discuss the issues they face. 

Brain Awareness Campaign

The University of Rochester’s Brain Awareness Campaign is a community outreach program sponsored by the Rochester Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. 

CSSAUR: Chinese Student Scholar Association - UR

The CSSAUR: Chinese Student Scholar Association - UR is a non-profit organization, aiming to offer academic, living, and entertainment help for UR students, postdocs, visiting scholars and their family members coming from People’s Republic of China.

Daybreakers Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The University of Rochester club meets 3 times pre month. To inquire about the local club, visit the daybreakers website.

Graduate Student Society (GSS)

The Graduate Student Society is an organization that supports the graduate students in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and exists to coordinate social events, organize charity/volunteer activities in the community and honor outstanding faculty and students within the SMD.

Graduate Students of Color (GSOC) Council

Graduate Students of Color aims to raise awareness in regard to diversity in higher education throughout the community and the University by serving as a voice and advocate for students of color regarding University policies.

Graduate Students Raising Families (GSRF)

The aim of URMC Graduate Students Raising Families (GSRF) is to find solutions to alleviate the problems that students have while balancing family life and pursuing their degrees. 

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)

Graduate Women In Science provides mentoring for the professional and personal development of all graduate women at the University of Rochester Medical Center and College of Arts and Sciences.

LPA: Latino Professional Alliance

The mission of the Latino Professional Alliance(LPA) at the University of Rochester is to build and maintain a positive work environment and to support the growth and development of Latinos/Latinas. 

Meliora Collective

The Meliora Collective for UR Student and Alumni Networking goes beyond what social media networks offer - an exclusive University of Rochester community of alumni, students, parents and friends who want to make meaningful connections for personal and professional exploration and growth.


outGRADS @ UR is a campus-wide graduate/post-doctoral student organization dedicated to forming a community of sexual and gender minorities (SGM), including but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, genderqueer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, pansexual, other identities across the spectrum, and their allies. Formation of this community is aimed to foster personal and professional relationships and development among SGM at the University of Rochester.

PONS: Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences

The Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences(PONS) mission is to increase neuroscience awareness in Rochester and Western New York through an integrated organization

Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

The Postdoctoral Association was established in 2006 to provide career development and networking opportunities, as well as professional recognition specifically for postdoctoral appointees. Through these efforts the PDA hopes to contribute to the professional advancement of postdoctoral appointees and highlight the contributions of postdoctoral appointees to scientific research at the University of Rochester.

RIA: Rochester Indian Association(RIA)

The Rochester Indian Association serves as a platform for general social mingling and interpersonal interactions among students of Indian origin in the University of Rochester

RYSC: Rochester Young Scientists Club

The RYSC: Rochester Young Scientists Club focus is to engage fifth and sixth grade students in science experiences that promote science as a profession.  

Science Policy Initiative 

The University of Rochester Science Policy Initiative is a group of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that are passionate about science and public policy.

We organize various skill building events and workshops so that trainees can get hands on experience with science policy. In addition, we host seminars to facilitate discussion about science policy, better understand key issues that the nation and local government is facing and provide an opportunity to explore different career paths.

Second Friday Science Social

Second Friday Science Social seminars highlight University of Rochester research and recent developments in the life sciences. An informal social hour follows each seminar.

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

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists from college students to professionals to attain advanced degrees, career, and positions of leadership. SACNAS's overall goal is to create a nurturing environment in which all members of the chapter can grow together by helping each other and working together towards acquiring the right tools and resources that will advance our development and increase the success of our scientific careers.

Susan B. Anthony Institute

The Susan B. Anthony Institute, based on the River Campus, supports the research and curricular development of graduate students whose work focuses on gender and women's studies.

Graduate students, postdocs and PREP trainees may all take advantage of the Institute's many events and faculty research seminars.

Thinkers & Drinkers

Thinkers and Drinkers is a communication club made by graduate students at the University of Rochester. All kinds of disciplines — from English Literature to Optics to Biology — come together once a month to chat with strangers over drinks. We don't have an agenda or speeches, just an interest in making conversation. We typically buy the bar a bunch of food and make ourselves available for chatting.

University of Rochester Veterans Alliance

It is the University of Rochester Veterans Alliance mission to provide military veteran students, staff, faculty and alumni and their families with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education.

UR Writing

Scientific writing is the cornerstone of success in academia. UR Writing is a trainee-led program that aims to provide comprehensive writing support for URMC graduate students and postdocs. Through this program, we hope to help our fellow trainees become productive and prolific writers and to succeed academically and professionally.