Student organizations

These student organizations are considered to be of high-interest to CBS students, offering opportunities for learning and engagement related to academic majors and career paths commonly associated with the study of life sciences.

If you are a part of a student organization that you would like to have included in this list, complete the application.


American Indian Students in Science and Engineering (AISES)

Outreach events, professional networking events, and national AISES conferences are the main focus of our organization. The AISES National Conference and AISES Leadership Summit are two such conferences that seek to expose American Indian students from across the country to STEM-related companies, professional development skills, and networking opportunities.

Biochemistry Club

The mission of the Biochemistry Club at the University of Minnesota is to improve the educational experience of undergraduate students, provide career advancement tools, and offer specialized leadership training opportunities for majors in the discipline with the goal of enabling students to more effectively reach their career objectives. To that end, Biochemistry Club engages in learning sessions for graduate and professional school applications, provides opportunities for corporate partners and students to meet and explore career development, teaches science lessons in the community, and provides students with an opportunity to organize and manage the club with staff and faculty support.


Biology Without Borders

Biology Without Borders has a mission to serve the community first, both domestically and abroad, and second to develop future leaders in global health that are educated on ethical service that empowers others and that improves health to allow others to not only survive, but to thrive. This means that our primary goal as members of the global health community is to learn how to serve humbly and without oppression so that we can help those who need it most effectively. We do this by working with our long-term partner in Burma to support their efforts in health and human rights. More information can be found on our GopherLink.

CBS Events Board

The CBS Events Board coordinates and executes events throughout the year designed to support student wellbeing and foster a welcoming and inclusive community within CBS undergraduate students. The Events Board hosts a variety of events ranging from social to professional development focused. Follow us on Instagram @cbseventboard for more details about events!


CBS Student Board

The College of Biological Sciences Student Board is here to serve as the main governing body of the undergraduate College of Biological Sciences. We act as a bridge between students and faculty and try to increase communication and collaboration within the overall CBS community.


Engineering World Health

This organization exists as a student chapter of the national organization of Engineering World Health (EWH). The national mission ,“To inspire, educate, and empower the biomedical community to improve healthcare delivery in the developing world", serves as the foundation for our organization and the work we seek to do.

As a student chapter we engage future healthcare innovators on the local and global scale by:

  1. Building technical skills needed to design, engineer, and innovate solutions around healthcare
  2. Facilitating intelligent conversation about culture, social issues, and ethics locally and globally
  3. Creating interdisciplinary teams to apply acquired knowledge to technical projects
  4. Engaging within the local and global communities through volunteerism
  5. Promoting health and STEM education through outreach


GCD (Genetics, Cell Biology & Development) Club

GCD club is a student run organization which exists to promote and generate interest in the many aspects of genetics, cellular biology and development. This is accomplished through active engagement via field trips, guest speakers, projects, and journal reviews. GCD Club is open to all who wish to expand their knowledge of this science and commune with like minded individuals.

Integrated Metabolism

Integrated Metabolism is a student organization that meets weekly to discuss interesting topics in the areas of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle and how they affect human health on the molecular, cellular, and systemic level. Each week we discuss a new topic of interest and review primary research to foster a better understanding of how science and health interact with our life. As well as incorporating various activities and guest speakers to deepen our understanding! Follow us on Instagram @integrated_metabolism.


Inter-Professional Pre-Health Students

We are a pre-health student group that focuses on inter-professionalism in healthcare. Our club offers events, volunteering opportunities, speakers from healthcare, and collaboration with other pre-health students to emphasize the cooperative nature of modern healthcare. As we are affiliated with the Pre-Health Student Resources center, we provide undergraduate students with resources to course recommendations, career planning, and volunteer/work opportunities!


Marine Biology Club

A way for students with similar interests; relating to marine biology and conservation, to come together and plan marine biology related outings in an attempt to spread awareness on the issues that the oceans are facing today while also having fun doing so. Also, a way for students to potentially engage in hands-on learning about marine wildlife and discuss opportunities relating to the marine biology minor and plans for during and after college.


Microbiology Club

The Microbiology Club encourages microbiology students to connect by facilitating study groups and connecting students to faculty. Activities work to increase the visibility of microbiology students on campus, develop members who are aware of the field of microbiology beyond their classes, and increase a sense of university pride and identity.

Minnesota Med Link

Minnesota Med Link serves to connect pre-health students with graduate mentors who have already navigated the undergraduate process. This allows for students to learn about the career path that they are choosing and the strategies that helped others during their time as an undergrad.


Minnesota Medical Leaders

We're a close-knit group of pre-med undergrads focused on exploring social issues in medicine and discussing how the intersections of policy, race, class, etc. influence how medicine is practiced. We value open-mindedness, critical thinking, and passion for helping others. We meet biweekly, share resources on MD/DO applications, and work to help each other succeed as critically future physicians!


Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)

MAPS strives to create an inviting and culturally inclusive community where minority pre-med students can thrive, learn, grow. We hope to increase representation of underrepresented backgrounds in the medical field.

Multipotentialites in Medicine

    Our events & opportunities aim to improve the skill base of those entering medical careers through education on the intersectionality of other fields (such as public health, research, global health, business, policy, advocacy, and law). We aim  to share the narratives of individuals who didn’t necessary follow the “traditional” pathway to healthcare while acknowledging the many skill sets that can help a health professional. 

    We also promote a collaborative environment for students to foster community amongst each other while providing experiential and networking opportunities with working professionals, alumni, and graduate students in diverse healthcare fields

    NORD Students for Rare at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

    Our mission is to build a community of rare disease patients, students, and healthcare professionals who will educate, advocate, and raise awareness for the rare disease community. We want to deepen our understanding about rare diseases and the barriers that rare disease patients face to receive appropriate care. We want to take action steps to improve patient experience for individuals in the rare disease community by hosting regular meetings and events which will help community members to engage with each other and deepen their understanding about rare diseases.


    oSTEM @ Minnesota

    Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics @ Minnesota (oSTEM) is the University of Minnesota chapter of a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBT+ communities in STEM. oSTEM empowers LGBT+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy. Students of all areas of study and identities are welcome!


    Pharmacology Club

    We are an undergraduate student group at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities interested in pharmaceuticals, as well as the health science field as a whole. Most club members plan on attending health professional school or graduate school post-graduation, including but not limited to: medical school, pharmacy school, dentistry school, and graduate schools in the life sciences. We aim to invigorate our club members' passions through guest speakers from the academic, healthcare, and research communities around the area. We dually participate in philanthropic events related to healthcare once a semester.


    Pre-Dental Club

    The Pre-Dental club at the University of Minnesota provides a forum for students interested in (or curious about) dentistry. The club hosts monthly meetings, volunteer opportunities, and a close relationship with the School of Dentistry.

    Pre-Genetic Counseling Club

    The Pre-Genetic Counseling Club is for students wanting to learn about the profession of genetic counseling. At our bi-weekly meetings, members hear from genetic counselors, graduate students, and other professionals in the field. We provide causal membership for at level of intent or interest.


    Pre-Med AMSA (American Medical Student Association)

    Pre-Med AMSA is a pre-professional medical student organization. We strive for all our members to be well-balanced pre-medical students. While having a good MCAT score, GPA, and resume is important to medical school applications, we believe our members will stand out by their commitment to improving our community and advocating for health locally and globally. Pre-Med AMSA is committed to volunteering and giving back to the community through lending our time, money, and effort to important causes at the U and around the world. We are also committed to improving health care and its delivery to all people; involving its members in the social, moral, and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine. Pre-med AMSA unites all University students that want to pursue a career in medicine. Pre-med AMSA organizes activities that introduce all aspects of a physician's life: providing healthcare to all people, deepening and expanding his or her academic knowledge, striving towards professional and personal excellence, and overall creating a positive social change in the local and wider community.


    Pre-Occupational Therapy Group

    The goal of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Group is to promote the knowledge of Occupational Therapy among students and to build a community of students passionate about becoming Occupational Therapists. The group will be involved in volunteer and social activities.


    Pre-Pharmacy Club

    The Pre-Pharmacy Club at the University of Minnesota is an organization designed to help students explore the field of Pharmacy and connect with other individuals of similar interests. During our meetings, students can hear from guest speakers from various areas of pharmacy, learn how to build a strong application for pharmacy school, and join in discussions about current issues pertinent to the field. The club puts on volunteering, social, and fundraising events that allow members to meet new people, experience new things, and give back to our community.

    Pre-Physical Therapy Club

    We educate students about the physical therapy profession and guide those that choose this path towards building and strengthening their application through connecting students to various opportunities and professionals within the field.


    Pre-Physician Assistant Organization

    The Pre-Physician Assistant Organization strives to inform and guide students on their path to becoming a Physician Assistant. Our student group holds bi-weekly meetings with PAs to help students make connections in the PA community. The Pre-Physician Assistant Organization also helps and encourages students during the CASPA application process. Join the UMN Pre-Physician Assistant Organization to learn more about how to become a Physician Assistant!


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

    We are an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

    Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

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    Our organization has three pillars: cultural diversity, professional development, and community outreach. Our cultural events include serving all kinds of Asian food as well as educating on Asian traditions for a welcoming place to celebrate them. Our professional development helps our community network with STEM companies, and touch up resumes. To get involved with outreach you can mentor high school students, work on our STEM team to engineer for local companies, or help us with our fundraisers and drives.


    Undergraduate Public Health Association

    The Undergraduate Public Health Association (UPHA) aims to be a resource for students interested in the public health field. UPHA strives to promote campus health initiatives and community health education through events and community engagement, and to serve as a resource for those interested in public health. UPHA offers students the opportunity to participate in health related events and activities. The club gives students curious about a Masters in Public Health, or an Undergraduate minor in public health, an idea of what these fields of study would entail. 

    Undergraduate Surgery Interest Group

    We are an undergraduate group tailored for students interested in surgery in their career aspirations in medicine. We welcome all levels of interest and ability. We specialize in hands-on experiences that allow you to dive into your interests and explore the field of surgery as a level that is appropriate for undergraduates. We give you a peek into the field so you can better understand what your future may hold.

    Women of Color in Stem (blue writing) with a woman of color wearing a blue shirt on the right

    Women of Color in STEM

    The purpose of our organization is to advocate and represent the increased diversity within the STEM fields at the University of Minnesota. The group is also committed to provide a safe space for students in STEM majors, not limited to, but specifically for students who identify as women of color. One of our long term purposes is to provide networking and K-12 outreach opportunities as well as host events to allow our members to express and explore different cultures.