Student Groups

Below is a list of groups, clubs, and organizations open to Chemistry graduate students and postdocs. A comprehensive list of graduate student organizations is available at GSAS.

Chemistry Joint Safety Team (JST)

The JTS is a group of graduate students and postdocs from the departments of Environmental Health and Safety and Chemistry who cultivate a culture of safety. The main goals are to improve safety awareness and literacy in chemical laboratories, provide safety skills and resources to assist researchers, and establish a communication network. Some initiatives include providing lab training to first-year students, archiving near misses, supporting safety officers, and distributing safety information via posters, newsletters, and talks.

Learn more by exploring JTS’s webpage and Facebook. Information about upcoming monthly meetings and events can be found in the safety newsletter and Chemistry events calendar.

Diversity and Climate Committee (DCC)

The DCC is an organization of students, postdocs, staff, and faculty with a common goal of fostering a positive, equitable, and inclusive community in the Department of Chemistry. 

To learn more, visit the DCC website.

Diversity Movie Club

Interested in watching movies that explore diversity, equity, and inclusion? Build awareness and be inspired by stories while hanging out with friends. Join the Diversity and Climate Committee’s Diversity Movie Club by emailing Brahmmi Patel.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers Yale Student Chapter

NOBCChE is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields.

Browse the website and engage with the Yale student chapter on Instagram and Twitter.

Open Labs at Yale

Open Labs’ primary mission is to inspire middle and high school students to seek a degree in science. Chemistry graduate students and postdocs serve as role models and introduce students to their cutting-edge scientific research.

Check out Yale’s chapter of the Open Labs program and reach out to get involved.

The Periodical - Chemistry’s E-Zine

The Periodical is a semi-annual publication of creative content crafted by members of the Yale Chemistry community. It serves as a creative medium to celebrate art, science, and diversity in chemistry. The objective of The Periodical is to portray our multi-faceted identities and passions beyond chemistry. 

Professional Development Network (PDN)

The PDN provides career development opportunities for chemistry students and postdocs by presenting a diverse speaker panel of experienced professionals, building connections with alumni, and facilitating intradepartmental cohesion.

The PDN organizes alumni career panels, and student-to-student and postdoc peer professional groups. The peer groups, which affiliate by research interest, meet once a month to discuss informational interviews, academic policy, research policy, career exploration, and more.

If you are interested in joining the Professional Development Network, email one of the executive board members: Ali BodnarJustin Lee, Abhijit Rana, Tim Schleif, and Jieun Shin.

Social Committee

Plan social events for the Chemistry Department, such as social hours and Halloween parties.

Contact Hannah Nedzbala to help plan the next gathering. 

STEM Mentors at Yale

The group’s mission is to encourage local high school students, especially underrepresented groups like women and minorities, to pursue careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

To achieve this goal, they provide mentors for students and host a variety of public events throughout the school year.

Mentors help students to explore a variety of career options and to navigate the transition between high school and college. Join here.

WISAY (Women in Science at Yale)

WISAY is dedicated to promoting the interests of female, transgender, and non-binary scientists and advocating for gender equality in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). WISAY seeks to help overcome disparities in STEM by supporting women at all career levels through advocacy, mentoring, community building, and career development. The group of over 500 undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs creates a campus-wide network of scientists across many scientific disciplines. It provides the opportunity for Yale scientists to meet with leading women scientists from Yale and around the country.
Learn more and get involved

Intramural Sports

The Graduate and Professional Intramural Program provides an opportunity for Yale-affiliated personnel to socialize, compete, and exercise in a safe, friendly environment. This program offers a platform for people to find recreational release through various sports and competitive levels. Below is a selection of programs offered through Grad Pro Intramurals.

Soccer: Roundbottoms

The Chemistry co-rec soccer team plays on Sundays in the fall and spring. Contact Ben Groff to sign up.

Pick-up Volleyball

This co-ed team is usually comprised of intermediate to advanced players. However, beginners are welcome. Games are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lanman Center in the Payne Whitney Gym (membership required).

Intramural Volleyball

All experience levels are welcome on this co-ed team. Games are usually on Sunday mornings at the Lanman Center in the Payne Whitney Gym (membership required).

Softball: Balco’s Finest

All experience levels are welcome on this co-ed team. Games are played on weekday evenings in the summer and on Sunday afternoons in the fall and spring.