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Student Organizations

On behalf of the University of Michigan Student Organizations, Welcome to the Michigan community!

The University of Michigan is truly an outstanding place to live, learn, and grow as a scientist. We are a community that values diversity and our student organizations play an important role in striving to ensure that Michigan continues to maintain a diverse environment. PIBS students come from all over the world, bringing with them a set of talents, achievements, and perspectives that help nurture a supportive and open academic space. Our student organizations seek to provide academic and social support for their members.

Here is a glimpse of our organizations:
PIBS Sponsored Groups:

Association of Multicultural Scientists

The Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS) is a graduate student-run organization supported by the PIBS program to promote diversity within the graduate programs through the recruitment and retention of historically under-represented groups. Our primary role is to assist the membership in the successful completion of the Ph.D. by offering programs and support which will meet academic, social and professional needs in an atmosphere of cultural context and comfort.

Biomedical Alliance of Students in Health
BASH is a group of student representatives from each of the 14 graduate programs within PIBS/MSTP.  BASH organizes events to foster a sense of community and fun amongst the graduate student body and also serves as a liaison between students and administrators advocating for student interests.

Career Groups:
Leading Informed Policy Science
LIPS is a platform for members to discuss science policy issues and engage in and advocate for policies important for the biomedical sciences.
MiSciWriters MiSciWriters is a group of graduate students at the University of Michigan who believe that science communication is an integral part of scientific research.
National Chapters:

Association for Women in Science

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) champions the interests of women in science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) across all disciplines and employment sectors. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential.

Females Excelling More in Math Engineering and the Sciences

FEMMES programs encourage girls to learn and explore their potential in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM). Our goal is to promote involvement in STEM by building curiosity and increasing confidence in girls so they may pursue their dreams without hesitation.

Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science

SACNAS is 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.

University of Michigan Department Sponsored Groups:

Development of Future Biologists

Developing Future Biologists (DFB) is a student-led organization of University of Michigan graduate students, post-docs and faculty interested in development, teaching, and increasing diversity in the biological sciences.

Ethiopia-Michigan Platform for Advancing Collaborative Engagement

A Proposal to Develop the Ethiopia-Michigan Platform for Advancing Collaborative Engagement. The goal of this proposal is to capitalize on a unique relationship with the government of Ethiopia to develop a new transformative platform for collaboration with a 5-year plan that will address some of the most pressing problems that have been identified by country leadership.