AS&E Graduate Student Groups

Graduate student groups play an important part in the University of Rochester community. Our groups provide opportunities for interdepartmental connections, cultural celebrations, social gatherings, community outreach, diversity awareness, and more. Check out the list of our active student groups below. To join a group or get involved, contact the group using the link provided in the group descriptions or view their list of officers within the group in CCC and mail them.

Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering

The Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE) chapter works to increase the representation and visibility of underrepresented groups in the STEM fields. The group's

goals are to connect scientists across our campus, showcase non-traditional career paths and minority experiences in academia, industry, and government, and educate students at all levels about opportunities in STEM. Click here to join the group

Association of Latin American Students

The mission of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) is to create a group of students interested in analyzing and discussing the economic, political, and social issues of Latin America, as well as their impact in the USA. The group discusses these topics through public forums, cultural events, and social gatherings. ALAS also serves to create bonds between Latin American graduate students and the rest of the community. Click here to join the group

Physics and Astronomical Sciences Student Association for Graduate Engagement

The Physics and Astronomical Sciences Student Association for Graduate Engagement (PASSAGE) strives to promote fellowship and intradepartmental community, facilitate mentorship between physics and astronomy graduate students, and provide opportunities for outreach to the greater Rochester community. Click here to join the group

BME Graduate Student Council

The BME Graduate Student Council fosters a threefold mission to promote scholastic excellence, community engagement, and mentorship extending across the biomedical engineering department and into the greater Rochester area. Click here to join the group

Graduate Students of Color

Graduate Students of Color promote and offer academic, professional, and social programming for underrepresented graduate students, and provide a forum for topics addressing the racial and ethnic diversity of the Rochester graduate student population. Click here to join the group

InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship

The InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship encourages and equips graduate students and faculty to follow Christ as they seek to be a redeeming influence among the people, ideas, and structures of the university and professions. Click here to join the group

On Film

On Film is a student-run film screening project that brings rarely-seen and important works of cinema from around the world to the University of Rochester and surrounding community.


Click here to join the group

Rochester Indian Association

Rochester Indian Association serves as a platform for conducting social events geared towards students of Indian origin at the University of Rochester. The group also supports incoming graduate students to help them make a smooth transition to life in Rochester. Click here to join the group

SPIE Student Chapter

The University of Rochester SPIE Student Chapter promotes the discipline of optical science and engineering, disseminates knowledge of the field of optical engineering, and furthers the professional development of students at the University. Click here to join the group


Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). We are a SACNAS student chapter 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. We are committed to giving back through mentorship and peer networks. Our 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.

UR Science Policy Initiative

The UR Science Policy Initiative is a group for graduate students and post-docs who are interested in learning more about science policy, gaining experience in the field, and advocating for science.  Click here to join the group

Persian Student Association

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outGRADS @ UR is a campus-wide graduate/post-doctoral student organization dedicated to forming a community of gender and sexual minorities (GSM), 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 GSM at the University of Rochester. Click here to join the group

Graduate Billiards Association

We want to bring new players to the sport of billiards. To achieve it, we can provide introductory lessons, organize open practice sessions and connect students to off-campus Rochester billiards community. We desire to connect people through the sport; our group will be open to all students of the University of Rochester. Click here to join the group