Why We Started The Chapter

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. 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 queer Aggies in a wide variety of STEM and STEM-allied fields.

The Mission

We’re part of a community that has historically been silenced, marginalized, and made invisible in academia and in the workforce, often with dire consequences. At TAMU specifically, queer students had to fight tooth and nail for the right to be acknowledged and be recognized on campus. So, we celebrate the progress we’ve made and we’re always fighting for more. We promote the queer community within the College Station area, we collaborate with progressive organizations, and we are always open to new members. Join us today!

2018 oSTEM National Conference in Houston, TX!