Updated: Mar 27, 2022
My name is Ariz, and I’m a second-year biochemistry student. In my first year at UofC, I noticed there were so many student clubs that it was difficult to parse through them all and find what really interested me. In particular, I noticed there were lots of biology and health sciences related clubs. That’s why I decided to compile a short list of clubs at UofC that might interest Biological Sciences students (aside from the BSA!). Links to find out more information about each club will be provided, in case something catches your eye!
1. Genetics & Genomics Club
Taken from the club’s Instagram, the Genetics & Genomics club was founded with the intention of promoting genetics and genomics based research and career opportunities. They run a speaker series that invites professors and graduate students to present their genetics- and genomics-related research, with past presentations on topics such as cell regeneration and host-parasite interactions. Check out their Instagram page to find more information, and fill out this Google Form to join their mailing list and get notified about new events!
2. Biotech Club
A relatively new club, the Biotech Club aims to introduce unique post-science degree careers and reduce barriers to exploring local biotech industry opportunities, as per their Instagram page. Upcoming opportunities include mentorship, networking events with local companies, and event nights like Biotech Night and Epidemiology Night. Check out their Instagram page or club website to find more information, and register as a general member of the club using this Google Form!
3. Eco Club
As per the Eco Club’s website, they are committed to spreading awareness and fostering rational discussions about environmental issues, as well as spreading environmentally ethical values and promoting a sustainable culture. The club issues monthly challenges as a way to promote sustainable practices, and offered a speaker series last year in which graduate and undergraduate students presented the focus of their environmentally-oriented research. Find out more information by checking out their website or their Instagram page, and sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date!
4. HOSA - Future Health Professionals
HOSA is an international association catered towards those interested in becoming health professionals. The U of C branch offers opportunities concerning volunteering, professional development, competitions, as well as a mentorship program. They also offer interesting events such as Q&A panels with medical students, and game nights. Check out the club’s Instagram page and register to be a member using this Google Form. You can find out more about the organization as a whole at their website!
5. Students Interested In Medical Sciences Club
According to their website, the SIMS club looks to promote careers in medicine, medical research and the healthcare industry. They host events with experts from various medical fields and offer prep sessions for medical-related tasks like the MCAT and medical school interviews. They also organize fundraiser events for charities and relief efforts. For more information, visit their website or Instagram page, and become a member and join their mailing list here!
6. STEM Fellowship
Taken from their Instagram page, the STEM Fellowship aims to foster a diverse community of STEM leaders, innovators, and science communicators. They offer many research-related opportunities including research information nights and research presentations from graduate students. In addition, they organize internships for high school students from a range of STEM fields, like stem cell biology and exercise physiology. Check out their Instagram page for more information.