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Student Clubs and Activities

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There are numerous ways to get involved in student clubs and events on campus! The list below contains a variety of clubs related to students with an interest in the life sciences. A listing of all Student Organizations can also be found on SB Engaged.

  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta : Recognizes undergraduate students in the Biomedical Engineering program who have demonstrated strong academic commitment within the engineering curriculum. Members of the honor society are expected to continue enhancing their education and promoting a positive sense of community in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University. These goals may be accomplished through volunteer services and involvement at events sponsored by the department and the AEMB chapter of Stony Brook University.
  • American Association for Men in Nursing : Provides an environment in the Suffolk County, NY community for nurses to promote leadership, excellence, and integrity within men in nursing.
  • American Cancer Society on Campus : Raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society and their goals through fundraisers that give money to research into cancer treatment and prevention, spread awareness of available cancer screenings, and provide resources to those with questions about the American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross Club : Strives to pass along skills, knowledge and information to the student body of Stony Brook University so that there are more people in the world capable of helping others and willing to give back to the community. They aim to educate the Stony Brook community in skills necessary to prepare for, prevent, and respond to disasters as well as spread the principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Unity, Neutrality, and Voluntary Service.
  • Artists in Medicine : Uses art (including sketches, etc.) to showcase human physiological processes to the general public and the Stony Brook community and spreads this knowledge through social media as well as live art presentations
  • Behavioral Ecology Group : A student-run discussion group that focuses on current literature in the field of behavioral ecology, providing a forum for public debate and promotes graduate and undergraduate student awareness of trends in behavioral ecology
  • Biomedical Engineering Society : Promotes the biomedical engineering profession in both academia and industry and to be one of the most valuable resources to their members. They strive to provide a forum for social interaction and exchange of ideas between students both graduate and undergraduate and faculty in the biomedical engineering department and seek to impact the community beyond their chapter, especially as related to Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM).
  • Camp Kesem : Stony Brook University chapter of the national organization Camp Kesem, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that empowers college students to become involved in the network of support for cancer patients and their families
  • Friends of MSF : Inspired by the massive healthcare disparities around the world. They want to increase awareness about the work that Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders does to bridge the gaps in healthcare, donate their time and effort, and teach future healthcare professionals what they can do to impact the lives of others around the world.
  • Latino Medical Student Association Plus : Acknowledges the health needs of the Latino community, as well as to promote the interests and support of those undergraduate pre-medical students who identify themselves as Latino students of Stony Brook University through social, cultural, and educational activities. They strive to develop a communication network between the medical and pre-medical students of Stony Brook University through unique mentoring practices, collaboration, and execution of programming supporting the Latino and medically underserved communities.
  • Mentors in Medicine : Pre-health club dedicated to helping students with different aspects of the pre-health application process, from clinical experience and research internships to MCAT workshops and course planning. MIM also hosts panels featuring medical students, physicians, physician assistants, and many other healthcare professionals to aid pre-health students network and make connections. They also organize fundraising events such as the Pink Ribbon Symposium to promote medicine-related causes.
  • Minority Association of Pre-Health Student : Prepares, supports, and provides the necessary guidance to underrepresented minority pre-health students in their efforts to pursue and enroll into a medical institution for medical studies. Members will be socially enriched and academically challenged in order to become competitive candidates in the medical field.
  • Music and Medicine : Brings musical therapy to people who are usually unable to attend concerts. Student volunteers perform at venues such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. There will also be fundraising throughout the semester to support mental health services and medically related causes. Music and Medicine aims to inspire musicians to make a difference in our community.
  • Neuroscience Axis : Facilitates the interactions between undergraduate students from all disciplines in the field of neuroscience, provides extracurricular opportunities for undergraduate neuroscience education, informs members of the careers in neuroscience, and provides access to current areas of research in the field of neuroscience
  • Pre-Dental Society : Provides undergraduate students who are interested in careers in dentistry with opportunities to participate in educational, academic, community, and social activities that help them increase their knowledge of dentistry, enhance their professional skills, and assist them in being excellent dental-school applicants, including, but not limited to: dental student mentorship, DAT material introduction, academic advising, volunteering, shadowing, and undergraduate research opportunities
  • Pre-Genetic Counseling Organization : Provide resources and information to undergraduate students interested in learning about the genetic counseling career field that combines genetics, advocacy, counseling and healthcare. They will provide an opportunity for students to learn how to develop professionally and expand their networking community by offering workshops for interviews and information about genetic counseling programs. Guest speakers will be invited to provide insight to their daily life as a Genetic Counselor and will answer questions. Ultimately, they will provide the necessary tools to successfully aid students in the application process to Genetic Counseling Masters Programs around the country.
  • Pre-Med Society : Supports the goals and interests of Stony Brook University students considering a career in medicine. Pre-Med Society will educate members through workshops, speakers, meetings, and forums to enumerate on the responsibilities and opportunities within medicine and other related health fields as well as provide resources and recommendations curated in conjunction with the Pre-Health Advising office to strengthen the application and professional development of members towards a career in healthcare.
  • Pre-Nursing Society : Focuses on mentoring students who plan to apply to a nursing program to pursue a nursing degree. Students and representatives will provide guidance and information on the application process as well as helpful insight into the nursing profession and other related information. The club also provides local outreach and other volunteering opportunities both on and off campus to its members to increase our involvement with the community.
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Society : Creates a strong foundation for all students interested in pursuing Occupational Therapy as a profession in health care. Guest speakers such as students in the Stony Brook OT Program along with staff members of the OT Department at Stony Brook University will provide members with valuable information on what it is like as a student in OT as well as what is expected for prospective students.
  • Pre-Optometry Club : Supports the goals and interests of Stony Brook University students considering a career in optometry. The Pre-Optometry Club will educate members through workshops, speakers, and meetings on the responsibilities and opportunities within optometry. They will hold meetings to discuss topics about the optometric profession and exchange advice on how to be a competitive applicant. They will invite local Doctors of Optometry to speak about the profession, in addition to representatives from the schools and colleges of optometry to speak about the application process and what life is like as an optometry student.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Club : Intends to guide students who have a desire to pursue a doctorate of physical therapy degree as well as students who may simply be interested in finding out more about the field itself. Meetings will consist of informational sessions discussing subjects such as program prerequisites, Q&A sessions with current DPT students, mock interview sessions, and interactive demos. This club provides many opportunities to students interested in the career of physical therapy such as being able to speak with faculty members of the Stony Brook DPT program.
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club : Provides a source of guidance for aspiring physician assistants through mentorship and teamwork, all while embodying what it means to be a PA by helping others and giving back to the community.
  • Pre-Veterinary Society : Provides a fun and educational atmosphere for pre-vet students and animal lovers alike. Those on the pre-vet track receive vital networking opportunities with other students, guest speakers, and alumni who have gone on to Veterinary School.
  • Project Sunshine : Empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 10,000 volunteers to bring programming - recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) - to over 60,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 100 major cities across the United States and in five international satellite sites: Canada, China, Israel, Kenya and Puerto Rico.
  • SBU Synthetic Biology Society : Provides students an environment to learn more about the growing field of synthetic biology and its different branches, including genetic engineering, biotechnology, electrical engineering and computer science. The Synthetic Biology Society allows students to stay connected to research while fostering scientific growth and development in the field of synthetic biology. This organization aims to make scientific phenomena more accessible to students by running demos and experiments on everyday items to see their inner workings. This organization also acts as a bridge between professors and students by promoting on-campus research as well as introducing high school students to synthetic biology topics and related opportunities at Stony Brook University.
  • Scientific Journal Club : Brings together like-minded individuals to critically interpret scientific articles, discuss the applications of the findings and identify sources of bias. They plan for students to acquire a greater appreciation for scientific literature while enhancing their ability to think critically in order to interpret these pieces of work.
  • Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers : Professional organization that strives to empower and prepare Asian Scientists and Engineers for success in the professional workplace. In addition to professional development, Stony Brook SASE aims to celebrate diversity on campus and encourages members to become leaders in their local communities. Their community accomplishes this through our professional and social events, mentorship program and participation in SASE National and Regional conferences.
  • Speaking STEM as a Second Language : Helps STEM-oriented individuals improve their rhetoric when discussing, presenting, or writing about STEM-related issues to those not centered in that field of study. They will encourage the importance of rhetoric and give students a fresh perspective on communicating and teaching their ideas to others. This will provide students with life-long skills that will be very useful in research proposals or publications, and with any desire to improve awareness about a particular STEM topic.
  • Stony Brook American Lung Cancer Screening Initiative (SBALCSI) : Promotes awareness about how important it is to obtain lung cancer screening for individuals at a high risk of developing lung cancer at Stony Brook University and the larger local community through educational efforts, community outreach, and health literacy engagement.
  • Stony Brook University Golden Key : Focused on service, with members performing many hours annually. They’ve maintained a Gold standing for exemplary chapter activities every year that the Chapter Standards Program has been in place. They welcome prospective members who are in the top 15% of their class and hope that they will be interested in participating in service and leadership development as well.
  • Stony Brook iGEM : Student-led summer-long research project in synthetic biology that is presented at the International iGEM Jamboree. Appropriate for students at all levels with interests in synthetic biology. Students must apply to be part of the team.
  • Stony Brook Marine Science Club : Strives to promote conservation and to educate people about the ocean. They raise awareness about marine issues through on-campus and off-campus events, presentations, documentary screenings, and public outreach such as beach cleanups. Their goals are to provide opportunities to appreciate the ocean in different ways such as with scuba diving, whale watching, and aquarium visits.
  • Stony Brook Public Health Brigade : Works with hundreds of universities in the US, Canada, and UK to help send thousands of college students on volunteering missions. Global Brigades include every aspect of public health from medical missions (medical brigades) to business brigades.
  • Stony Brook Science Olympiad : Involves Stony Brook undergraduates in the Science Olympiad program, a national science competition directed at middle and high school students. Their mission is to improve the Science Olympiad experience for current competitors and to promote scientific inquiry and knowledge within the students and larger community. Furthermore, the club will create a new environment on the Stony Brook University campus in which Science Olympiad aficionados can join and share their passion for the competition.
  • Stony Brook University Global Medical Brigades : Chapter of Global Brigades, a larger international NPO that strives to provide sustainable solutions for developing nations. Every year, teams of students from SBU travel to underserved communities in Honduras, Panama and/or Ghana. The trips are usually 7-10 days long. In the country, they focus on one community, working alongside doctors to provide people with basic healthcare and medicine. They also educate patients on a variety of topics such as sanitation and hygiene. Throughout the academic year, efforts are focused on preparing for the trip, including fundraising and acquiring the necessary medications.
  • Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SBVAC) : New York State Certified Ambulance Service that primarily serves the SUNY Stony Brook University campus in Long Island. Since its founding in 1970 by a small group of university students, SBVAC has grown into a collegiate EMS agency that provides one of the highest standards of emergency response care in New York State. Employing the services of 40-50 dedicated volunteers and 3 operational ambulances, SBVAC also provides mutual aid to neighboring Fire and EMS agencies. SBVAC is also certified by Suffolk County to perform emergency response care up to the Advanced Life Support level, which covers interventions such as the administration of medications through IVs and endotracheal intubation by EMTs trained to the Critical Care and Paramedic level.
  • The SBU Bioethics Society : General body meetings will be a place where students can learn and discuss various topics in bioethics in Socratic Seminars and formal debates. Participation in meetings will allow students the opportunity to practice their speaking, research, argumentation, listening, and debate skills! 
  • Stony Brook Young Investigators Review (SBYIR) : Stony Brook University's undergraduate-oriented, all-inclusive science journal. Founded in 2008, their mission is to provide the student community with a way to learn more about the research currently being done on-campus by their faculty and their fellow peers. They feature articles that span all fields, from Physics to Neuroscience to Linguistics, including original student research and interviews with research faculty. Their journal offers aspiring talented future researchers and physicians a way to hone their science writing skills and spread word of their experiences to inspire incoming students to think about devoting their futures to the various fields of science.
  • Team HBV : Educates campus and local communities about Hepatitis B (HBV) and liver cancer, which disproportionately affect Asian and Pacific Islanders
  • The Humanology Project : Aims for a reduction in stigma of mental and neurological illnesses by bridging the gap of knowledge and attitudes through the translation of peer reviewed literature into understandable articles and through a storytelling platform where patients can share their experiences so readers can gain a more holistic sense of the person
  • Undergraduate American Medical Women's Association : Supports young women from all backgrounds into blossoming careers within the medical field. This is an official affiliation with AMWA, through which we will help our members find various leadership, scholarship, academic, and volunteer opportunities related to public health. Their main goal is to give young women at Stony Brook access to further mentorship and networking opportunities, in effect, reducing gender disparities within the U.S medical system.
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry Society : Founded on the premise of providing a venue for those with an interest in the sciences to discuss and develop their understanding of it. They continue to build upon the society’s tradition and emphasis on mentoring by holding upperclassmen-led review sessions for courses like Biochemistry Organic Chemistry and Physiology as well as seminars about maintaining a C.V. writing successful personal statements and applying to graduate or medical schools.