Scientista Chapters are independently run student organizations for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in college or graduate school. Scientista chapters are a part of the Scientista Campus Network, an international network for college and graduate women across STEM disciplines. Scientista chapters create strong communities for women in STEM through online discussions, social events, panels, and workshops. Our chapters also aim to dispel women in science stereotypes by increasing the visibility of women in STEM through social media campaigns.
By starting a Scientista Chapter, you're not only creating a local community, but tapping into a quickly growing global network. The Scientista Foundation provides the following resources for it's chapters:
National supportfrom our Co-Chairs of Campus Relations on expediting and simplifying the process of setting up a chapter and becoming a recognized organization
Initial funding and a starter manual that includes marketing and promotional materials and resources for event planning, budgeting, and more
National support from our seasoned and experienced C0-Chairs of Campus Relations
A strong and quickly expanding national network of campuses
Rights to use the Scientista brand, including professionally designed merch
Special, exclusive opportunities for our Chapter Members, including invitation-only leadership events, special opportunities at our conferences and job fairs, a resume drop, discounts to all Scientista and partner organization events, and additional chapter benefits (eg. Extra time with recruiters at our career fair)
Our National Programs include:
Job & Graduate School Fair
The Scientista Intercollegiate Symposium
The Scientista Community Circles, an online community for our Scientista chapters to connect with one another and professionals
BECOME A CHAPTER DIRECTOR
To recruit and manage a campus committee as necessary to accomplish the chapter goals
To spearhead innovative marketing strategies to recruit new Scientista members and increase campus presence
To create a strong community for women in STEM on your campus both on and offline through social media and events
To advertise Scientista Foundation events, resources, and opportunities to your chapter
Approximately 3 hrs/week
Directors must be available for 1 hr semesterly director’s calls with the national team
Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following qualities:
Passion for advancing Scientista’s mission
Stellar leadership skills
The ability to communicate clearly and effectively
Timely responsiveness to emails
Passion for fostering communities through social media and events
Someone who is fun, friendly, and down to earth!
What you will gain
Development of valuable leadership skills
Entrepreneurial experience of building an organization from the ground-up
Access to exclusive opportunities, including the a dinner with our sponsors at the annual Scientista Symposium
Global visibility as a leader of women in STEM at your campus
Expand your Network: Forge strong relationships with the Scientista team and professional women in STEM
Become a part of a strong support network of Scientista students, advisors, and alumni that will last a lifetime!
HOW TO APPLY
College and graduate students may apply to start a Scientista Chapter by filling out our Chapter Application. Applicants are welcome to apply either as an individual founder or in a team of two co-founders, but preference is given to teams of two. In order to apply, we require that you identify a minimum of 5 students on campus interested in joining your team.
The Application Process
The acceptance, orientation and onboarding process can potentially take one to two months to complete, but you will be assisted the entire way by our Campus Chapter Team.
During the application process you will be expected to:
Complete a brief phone interview with Heley Ong and Courtney Walton, Co-Chairs of Campus Relations
Identify a faculty advisor
Acquire 50 email signatures from students at your school to demonstrate campus support
Sign a Scientista Chapter Agreement and adopt the Scientista Chapter Constitution
Plan your first campus launch event
Launch your Scientista Chapter Facebook Group
Recruit members to build a strong team on your campus
Begin the process of becoming a recognized student organization on your campus
Ready to get started? Please fill out the application form!