Starting undergraduate or graduate school in STEM can feel extremely isolating. For undergraduates, the stress of making new friends is compounded by a heavy and punishing workload. For graduate students, departments are largely decentralized so cross-disciplinary (or even inter-lab) interactions, professional or social, are not often facilitated at an institutional level. While this can feel isolating to anyone, this feeling of isolation is magnified when you look around and don’t see any visible peers or role models who share aspects of the same identity as you, whether that is sexuality, race, gender or any other marginalized, minority identity. Co-founder Ian Hall in the spring of 2017 started this chapter in order to address that gap. Since our launch, we have continued to grow in size, building a robust professional, academic, and social network of Aggies in a wide variety of STEM and STEM-allied fields.
We’re a group of students who have historically been marginalized, made invisible, and even forcibly experimented on in academia and the workforce. At TAMU specifically, gay students had to fight tooth and nail for the right to be acknowledged and be recognized on campus. We celebrate the progress made and we are proud to be queer. We promote community and collaboration and we are always open to new members.