STEM Clubs & Organizations

NSTA Student Club with NSTA current and past presidents

Why Join?

  • Demonstrate your professional commitment to STEM teaching on your resume
  • Expand your professional network and circle of supportive colleagues
  • Develop your repertoire of skills and ideas for teaching STEM
  • Build your toolbox of teaching resources and materials
  • Keep informed about news, issues, and opportunities related to STEM teaching

Professional Organizations for STEM Teachers

  • The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a professional organization that provides resources and holds conferences for science teachers. There are also student chapters, including one at Western that holds monthly meetings. For more information about Western’s student chapter, contact debi.hanuscin@wwu.edu. You can also go to the NSTA site to browse its resources.
  • The Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA) is the state affiliate of NSTA and offers FREE membership for preservice and new teachers!

Interest-Specific Science Teaching Organizations

  • The Association for Multicultural Science Education (AMSE) is organized to stimulate and promote science teaching to students of culturally diverse backgrounds and to motivate such students to consider science-related careers; to explore and promote the improvement of science curriculum, educational systems and teaching methods in school to assist such stimulations; to recruit and involve teachers of all minorities in science education and to initiate and engage in activities and programs in furtherance of improving the science education of culturally diverse students.
  • The Council for Elementary Science International (CESI) is an international professional organization for teachers (prekindergarten through 8th grade) who have the responsibility to teach science to children, Elementary and Middle school science educators, and preservice teachers who will become PreK–8th grade teachers. The mission of CESI is to promote excellence and equity in K–8 science education.
  • The National Middle Level Science Teachers Association is a professional learning network for middle and junior high school science teachers who meet the unique developmental needs of students in grades 5–9.

WWU Clubs and Organizations

  • The WWU Student Chapter of the NSTA is the officially recognized collegiate chapter of the National Science Teaching Association at Western!
  • The Western Chem Club is a Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. 
  • Physicists for Inclusion in STEM (PhIS) is a student-led organization in Western's Physics and Astronomy department. Our primary focuses are public outreach, providing support to undergraduate Physics and Astronomy students, and promoting inclusion and equity work in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).
  • The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an inclusive organization focusing on building a supportive community for those pursing a STEM major. 
  • The Western Washington University Biology Club is a diverse group of individuals with a common objective of promoting the Biology Department & Biological Science on campus and in our community, as well as fostering a passionate appreciation of biology.
  • The main focus of Western Student Robotics Club is to work robotic projects, either as a group or individually. Our current members are mainly engineering and computer science students, but anyone is welcomed.