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 30
ISU Members 3
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 Spring 2019 we will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at 7pm in 233 Science II Building!!
Love Day Cookie Decorating Feb. 6th: Join us to celebrate Friend/Romantic/Self Love by decorating sugar cookies with colorful frosting. Make one for someone you love, make one for a stranger to brighten their day, or maybe just make some to satisfy your sweet tooth! Frosting and sugar cookies provided.
Speaker's Bureau Feb. 20th: Speaker’s Bureau is an informal panel discussion designed to inform the audience while acting as a platform for speakers to share their experiences. The Center’s website describes it as “a leadership program that amplifies the voices of LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, ally, etc.) people at Iowa State. We celebrate the diversity of our Iowa State community through storytelling and open dialogue. Our panels reach thousands of students in classrooms, residence halls, student organizations every year!”
Art of Drag Workshop Saturday March 2nd noon-3pm: Learn the art of drag first hand from the pros! oSTEM is pleased to host phenomenal Drag King Mick Douche and the illustrious Drag Queen Ilana Logan for a drag how-to workshop! Practice eye and lip makeup, shading technique tips, and more! Check out their siiic looks at the links below! Makeup will be provided, and bring your own makeup too if you like. RSVP link to reserve your spot at the workshop will be uploaded closer to the event.
Skin Deep Transformations: Gender Affirming Workshop Saturday March 2nd from 3:30pm-6:30pm: This workshop focuses on creating gender affirming, day-to-day looks for trans and non-binary folks. Participants will have one on one consultations with stylists and aestheticians for tips on sculpting one’s gender presentation with confidence and skill. Makeup will be provided, and bring your own makeup too if you like. RSVP link to reserve your spot at the workshop will be uploaded closer to the event.
Queers in STEM Careers: A Panel Event 7-8pm 4.3.19 1st floor Advanced Teaching and Resources Building. oSTEM is pleased to present a panel of professional, queer, folks employed in a diverse range of STEM disciplines, and who have pursued many different levels of education to attain those positions. Folks who attend will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance for more careful consideration by panelists as well as the opportunity to ask spontaneous questions during the event. The panel will be comprised of a Masters of Engineering student, an M.S. student (area TBA), a Ph.D. student in Physics and Astronomy, an industry scientist from Merck who specializes in vaccine production, a lecturing professor in the College of Engineering, as well as a tenured research professor (area TBD). Each of these panelists will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and how, if at all, their identity has changed their path, as well as have an opportunity to lend advise and expertise to folks in attendance. We intend to foster an inclusive, safe, an intimate environment where participants can feel comfortable asking questions that are sometimes difficult to address as a junior member in an internship or entry level position. Refreshments will be provided in the atrium of ATRB.
oSTEM Elections and Prize Raffle 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. This event celebrates the end of the year and rings in new leadership for oSTEM next year! During our last meeting of the year only, $5 payments for membership are pro-rated for the following semester -- that's right, $5 dues payed at this meeting allow the person to vote for the next years cabinet, run for office, AND acquire full membership status for Fall '19 semester! One need only attend the duration of the meeting to be entered to win awesome prizes shared by local businesses including pubs, restaurants, curios and local entertainment events!