oSTEM at Iowa State is a student run organization that promotes the development and retention of all underrepresented students in fields relating to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), especially: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual people, as well as myriad of other communities under the umbrella (LGBTQIA+). We aim to foster an inclusive STEM community and LGBTQIA+ leadership through a balance of advocacy, social gatherings, and professional development.


Constitution / Tier

Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 29
ISU Members 10
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members Unlimited
Allowed Officers TBD
Membership Qualifications Experience not required. Enthusiastic and motivated about the clubs mission. Respectful of others and yourself. Able to give proper time commitments.
Membership Restrictions NONE
Elections/Selection Officers will be voted in by dues paying members
Meetings When classes are in session, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 7-8 pm at Science II room 233

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

Regular meetings will involve the club working together on planned activities, watching documentaries or listening to public speakers. The time will be used to foster leadership in our members and help one another reach our professional and academic goals while retaining a very inclusive environment.

Description of Special Events

This Fall 2019 we will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Wednesdays of every month at 7pm in 233 Science II Building!!
Welcome Event Sep. 4th: Come join us to kick off the year. We’re going to be doing some queer origami as well as making signs, buttons, and ribbons for us to sell at pridefest.
Ice Breakers Sep. 18th: We’re going to be playing ice breaker games to get to know each other. Come meet other LGBTQ+ in STEM fields and play some fun games.
Planetarium Oct 2nd: Come join us for an adventure through the mysteries of the universe at the ISU Planetarium! In this special edition, we'll learn some of the contributions of LGBT+ folks in Astronomy.
Movie Night Oct. 16th: We’re going to watch a movie together. We don’t yet know which movie. Keep an eye on our facebook page to find out what we will be watching.
Halloween Crafts Oct. 30th: This is the 5th wednesday of the month and the day before Halloween. Stop by to hang out and participate in some holiday themed activities.
T-Shirt Making Nov. 6th: We will be bleach dying a rainbow assortment of colored t-shirts. Come make some cool looking oSTEM t-shirts.
Thanksgiving Rainbows Nov. 20th: For our final meeting before Thanksgiving break we’re going to make turkeys with our hands (like a kindergarten activity). The best part, we’re going to do it with rainbow colors! Join us to make your very own rainbow turkey.
Friendship Bracelets Dec. 4th: Come make some friendship bracelets with us. We’ll have a full rainbow of colors to choose from.
We endeavor to ensure financial hardship is never a barrier to participation in oSTEM events! For this reason, membership dues of $5/semester are OPTIONAL. All oSTEM events, outings, meetings, and activities are ALWAYS FREE and, furthermore, members of the public are always formally welcome. The only exception being membership among the executive board and voting -- only folks who pay dues may vote or run for elected office.