Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a non-profit national organization working to promote women’s activities in all fields of science, mathematics and engineering. AWIS has over 70 chapters nationwide including one in St. Louis, founded at the Washington University School of Medicine. AWIS-STL serves as a resource for scientists in St. Louis by providing information about science careers, funding, and policy, and facilitating networking and providing collegial support for one another. AWIS holds special seminars and discussions; recent examples include a panel of successful women in academic positions and a discussion of gender differences in science.

To receive announcements of AWIS events and news or for more information on the St. Louis chapter and its programs, please visit the AWIS-St. Louis chapter yahoo groups page at

Association of Black Biomedical Graduate Students (ABBGS)

The Association of Black Biomedical Graduate Students (ABBGS) is a student-led organization dedicated to strengthening the social, cultural, and academic well being of black biomedical graduate students at Washington University, while promoting diversity within the campus community. ABBGS welcomes all members of the Washington University community to aid in our mission to heighten cultural awareness on campus and to support active recruitment and retention of a culturally diverse student body. Contact Ninecia Scott for more information.


Connections is a student group that facilitates inclusion through 3 avenues:

  • Educational Experiences
  • Guided Discussions
  • Social Events

Students in Connections will explore their identities with respect to socioeconomics, culture, religion, sexual orientation and race. They will also learn how these identities impact their personal and professional relationships in the Wash U community.

Graduate Association of Latin American Students (GALAS)

GALAS provides an opportunity and space for gathering the Hispanic/Latin graduate students, as well as, students interested in Hispanic/Latin culture. A support system is established to pursue common interests of the Hispanic/Latin community, such as, cultural education, networking and mentoring. 

GALAS organizes events to share the Hispanic/Latin heritage with the Washington University in St. Louis community, thus, supporting diversity and tolerance among the graduate population. 

GALAS represents the Hispanic/Latin graduate community and establish a resource of reciprocal benefit between the administration and the graduate students; for example, working towards the recruitment of students with Hispanic/Latin descent, thereby increasing diversity at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Lastly, GALAS promotes integration and service within the St. Louis Hispanic/Latino community.

For more information, please visit the GALAS Facebook page.

Graduate-Professional Council

The Graduate-Professional Council was founded in 1993, when a group of student leaders identified the need for both academic and social interaction between graduate and professional students of all disciplines. GPC provides a network of communication through which student leaders share information about school activities, and supports representative student governments. GPC also plans social opportunities for the graduate and professional community, initiates discussions of graduate and professional student issues through panel discussions and presentations, and brings issues of import to the attention of the University administration. GPC’s meetings and committees are open to all graduate and professional students of Washington University.

LGBT Health

The LGBT He​alth Interest Group is a group of medical students dedicated to addressing the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and physicians.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national student group whose vision is to unite and empower medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community. The Washington University School of Medicine Chapter is committed to promoting diversity in medicine within our local community by hosting events that promote an open discussion on the topic of diversity and inclusion among students, residents, attendings and other members of the healthcare community. LMSA also organizes and participates in health screenings and fairs targeting the underserved Latino community in St. Louis, and seeks to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity in healthcare amongst the WUSM community by encouraging bilingual provider certification and appropriate usage of medical interpreters.


OUTgrads is an LGBTQIA group dedicated to developing community among Washington University graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff of all genders and sexual orientations, promoting awareness of the issues that affect our communities, and facilitating community involvement by our membership. Our organization is open to any member of the Washington University community.

For more information, visit our website​ and register for the listserv to get email updates.​

Sling Health Network

Sling Health Network is a bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator founded in 2012 at Washington University in St. Louis. Students, faculty, staff, and St. Louis entrepreneurs team up to tackle unmet needs in healthcare delivery and clinical medicine.

Our group’s objectives include:

  • To develop a culture of innovation at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • To teach engineering and medical students the skills and processes needed to invent and implement new biomedical technologies
  • To develop novel medical devices targeting unmet clinical needs
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. The Washington University School of Medicine chapter of SNMA is committed to encouraging minority high school and premedical students to enter health professions by providing them with information and inspiration through minority role models.

Washington University Minority Medical Association (WUMMA)

WUMMA is an association that was established to promote diversity at WU/BJC/SLCH medical center and to provide a nurturing academic environment for its under-represented minority medical trainees. WUMMA exists to assist in the recruitment of under-represented minority residents and fellows and to support the retention and professional development of its members. WUMMA also aims to promote health awareness in its surrounding community. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Will Ross at​

Young Scientist Program (YSP)

The Young Scientist Program (YSP) is designed to attract high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and active scientists. In addition, the YSP targets St. Louis City Public High School teachers with resources that facilitate inquiry-based learning in the classroom. Each year, the program reaches hundreds of high school students and teachers in the St. Louis City Public Schools. The program currently is divided into four components, which work in concert with one another to foster high school students and teachers’ interest in science: Teaching Teams, Teacher Researcher Partnership Program, and Summer Focus. A unique feature of the program is that it is entirely run by graduate/medical students and postdoc volunteers from the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. For more information, email​ or call 314-362-7456.