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Video: The Department of Chemistry encourages and empowers its graduate students to create, engage in, and become involved with high impact outreach activities, student-led community-building groups, and leadership opportunities. Video by Simon Tolman

American Chemical Society - University of Minnesota Student Chapter (AcS-UMn)
American Chemical Society-University of Minnesota Chapter (AcS-UMn) is a group for students in chemistry and chemistry-related fields to come together and further the understanding of chemistry among our community and our members. Through outreach we hope to encourage interest in science and a basic knowledge of chemistry. Being a student chapter of a professional organization, the chapter aims to help our members connect to the chemical profession and provide opportunities to involve ourselves with chemistry and its related fields. We hope to make chemistry intriguing and accessible to all who are naturally curious.

Chemical Biology Interface Training Grant
The Chemical Biology Interface Training Grant allows first-rate students to grow into accomplished professionals both in their primary area of interest (e.g., synthetic/mechanistic organic and inorganic chemistry, molecular biology, mechanistic enzymology, medicinal chemistry) and in a complementary field by cross-discipline research interactions and experiences. Pre-doctoral trainees for this training grant program are selected from a pool of graduate students who have been recruited by the Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics (BMBB), and Medicinal Chemistry departments. 

Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS)
The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS) at the University of Minnesota consists of graduate students working together to support each other.

Graduate Student Workshop Committee (GSWC)
The Graduate Student Workshop Committee (GSWC) is a student-run organization within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. In collaboration with the Office of the Director of Graduate Studies, the GSWC creates high-quality programs of relevance to the department’s graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, with special emphasis on career preparation and professional development.

Joint Safety Team (JST)
The Joint Safety Team (JST) is a researcher-led organization focused on improving the culture of safety in chemical laboratories at the University of Minnesota. The JST consists of all graduate student or postdoc Laboratory Safety Officers (LSOs) within the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Mentorship Program for Aspiring Chemistry Teachers
The Mentorship Program for Aspiring Chemistry Teachers (MPACT pronounced "empact") is designed to provide additional teaching experience and guidance for graduate students and post-doctorates who are interested in an academic career at the college or university level. This is a volunteer activity for both the mentor and mentee.

Minnesota Science Business Association
The Minnesota Science Business Association (MSBA) is a student group aimed at bridging the gap between Carlson School of Management and College of Biological Sciences, giving students an overview of how the sciences and business can be integrated into a career path. It hosts speakers from many sectors in engineering and biotechnology industries, bringing their insights and advice directly to students. In addition, it sponsors company tours and networking dinners, giving participants the chance to learn the inner workings of industry firsthand and to build connections with successful professionals. Email: umnmsba@umn.edu.

Outreach Programs
Science is fun, interesting, important, and something that you, too, can do. Those are the central themes of the Department of Chemistry's outreach programs, which are designed to spark young people's interest in chemistry, and to help young people see themselves as future college students, researchers, professors, and science professionals.

ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE)
We are a student-run organization, affiliated with the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE). Our group facilitates seminars related to the field of polymers, organizes social events for our community and members, and hosts career development and networking opportunities

Science for All (SFA)
Science for All, an outreach initiative involving graduate students, aims to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the urban Twin Cities community by performing intricate science experiments with middle school students. If interested in volunteering, send an email to sci4all@umn.edu.

SciMentors
SciMentors is a student-led outreach group within the Department of Chemistry. It provides hands-on science experiments to general educational development (GED) students enrolled in the Open Door Learning Center GED classes in Minneapolis.

Women in Science and Engineering
The Chemistry Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) team provides a networking resource for women graduate students and post-docs in the department, with the goal of increasing the recruitment and retention of women, and improving the climate for all chemists.

College of Science and Engineering student groups
Find leadership opportunities by exploring more than 75 student groups in the College of Science and Engineering.

University student organizations
Information on a variety of campus student organizations is available through Student Unions & Activities.