List of Professional Organizations in STEM

There are many types of professional and nationally recognized organizations. These will help you expand your network and learn about new opportunities. We have tried to categorize them by type. If you know abount an organization and would like to share, please email Dr. Zurita-Lopez: zuritalopez (at) calstatela (dot) edu 

Note: this is a partial list (there are many more!). I addition, we do not endorse any organization, we simply list them. It is up to you to join organization(s) that both interest you and benefit your career. Be careful, many charge dues!

Political Organizations

3.14 Action whose mission is to support scientists running for public office. 

Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) dedicated to bringing together an inclusive community committed to advancing engineering biology to address national and global needs.

Mentoring Organizations

Get information and mentorship. Here are some organizations that help students like you!


National Research Mentoring Network - Professional Development and Advancement


MiMentor - Mentoring the Next Generation of Diverse Healthcare Professionals


Cientifico Latino - We aim to help undergradue, graduate, and professional students by providing open-access resources on scholarships, fellowships and bloc posts on professional development. 


LabTV an online hub where people, labs, and organizations engaged in medical research come together to tell their stories. 


Professional Organizations

Consider joining any of these national scientific organizations by first browsing their websites.

Become familiar with their resources: upcoming conferences, career development workshops, etc. Many of these organizations have student chapter and offer scholarships for students. Follow those that interest you on LinkedIn or Twitter, sign up for their newsletters, etc.
Note: this list is not complete. There are MANY STEM national associations and organizations that gather under a more focused topic. Here are some examples:
People of Color: ABRCMS, NoBuCChE, SACNAS, SHPE, etc.
Disease: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Career:  National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)


A Partial List of Organizations (there are many more!)

  1. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), established in 1906. Mission is to promote the understanding of the molecular nature of life processes.
  2. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), founded in 1907. Mission is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration.
  3. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), founded in 1848. To promote cooperation among scientists, defend scientific freedom, encourage scientific responsibility, and support scientific education and science outreach for the betterment of all humanity.
  4. American Chemical Society (ACS), founded in 1876. Committed to “Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.”
  5. Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), established in 1968. Mission is to build support for biomedical engineers.
  6. American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), established in 1960. An inclusive community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life.
  7. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), founded in 1912. Mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.
  8. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), established in 1884, an association dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.
  9. International Professional Society for Optics and Photonics Technology (SPIE), founded in 1955. Advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange.
  10. The Optical Society (OSA), established in 1916. Mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide.
  11. American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), established in 1908. Vision is to provide value as the Global Leader of the Chemical Engineering profession, the lifetime center for professional & personal growth, and security of chemical engineers, and the foremost catalyst in applying chemical engineering expertise in meeting societal needs.
  12. Materials Research Society (MRS), founded in 1973. Mission is to promote communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.
  13. Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), founded in 1973. Dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.
  14. Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), founded in 1945. Dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic chemistry by promoting research in cosmetic science and industry, and by setting high ethical, professional and educational standards.

Academic Organizations

The National Society of Leadership and Success

Organizations that Promote Science to Kids


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