STEM student groups

Discover science, technology, engineering, and math opportunities on campus

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Whether you are a new or returning student, there are many student groups on campus to get involved with. For students in science, technology, engineering, or math the options are numerous.

Connect with a student group today and meet other students who share a similar interest. Here is a taste of some opportunities available on campus.


Let’s Talk Science

Let’s Talk Science Outreach is a national volunteer-based non-profit organization which brings hands-on, exciting science activities to school-aged children in the classroom and community for free. The goal of the initiative is to increase science literacy in children, and encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.





The Biology Undergraduate Student’s Association (BUGS) is a relatively new student group on campus which strives to create a community among students interested in biology. The group is open to all students.

Membership is $5 for an academic year, which includes discounts for food and event admission for BUGS events, academic resources such as access to past term exam banks and textbooks, the opportunity to network with campus professors and researchers, as well as a BUGS button and sticker.





Formally known as the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Chemistry Society, Chem Club regularly organizes social events for its members such as Sky Zone trips, movie nights, and barbecues. Fundraisers organized by the student group include the sale of periodic table of elements cookies. Additionally, the club offers tutoring services for all undergraduate chemistry courses.

Membership is $30 per academic year. Members must be students in the faculty of science, registered in a minimum of 18 credit hours over the fall and winter terms, and either currently or previously enrolled in 2000-level or higher chemistry courses.





The Organization of Physics Undergraduate Students (OPUS) is open to all students on campus. The goal of OPUS is to promote interest in further study of physics.

OPUS operates a free drop-in tutoring centre for first-year physics courses and hosts review sessions for final exams for first year physics courses with an admission fee of $20.





The University of Manitoba Astronomy Club (UMAstro) is open to all students on campus. The organization’s goals are to promote interest and understanding, encourage further study, and raise community awareness of astronomy. The organization also assists members with mentoring for astronomy class tests and exams.




Biomedical engineering

The University of Manitoba Biomedical Engineering Society (UMBMES) is open to all students. This organization brings together students interested in the biomedical field by organizing tours of relevant facilities, opportunities for research, and events inviting industry experts to interact with members.

Additionally, the organization provides information to its members on courses related to biomedical engineering, information on the local industry, lab access both on and off campus, and opportunities to meet professors on campus who are doing biomedical research.





The University of Manitoba Student Chapter of SAE International (UMSAE) is open to students from any post-secondary institution and program. This student group is comprised of four design teams, each of which focuses on a distinct vehicle. Over the course of a year, the teams design, build, test, and compete with their vehicles at official SAE events, learning critical engineering, research, and management skills.

The Aero Design team designs and manufactures an aircraft that can be controlled remotely, with the goal of carrying the heaviest payload possible.

The Baja team designs and manufactures a lightweight, four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle which must endure rugged-off road driving in harsh conditions.

The Formula Electric team constructs an electric power-train formula race car to compete in an autocross environment.

The Formula team devises an internal combustion engine formula race car, which competes in an autocross environment.

Joining UMSAE requires members to pay a mandatory fee. To find out more, contact the design team you are interested in joining.





The University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS) is open to all post-secondary students from any disciplinary background. The group participates in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, in which universities across Canada compete by designing, building, and testing triple-cube nanosatellites. On top of designing the mechanical, electrical, and software components of the satellite, the team also must develop a scientific payload and participate in outreach efforts to promote engineering and space.

Participation with UMSATS provides opportunities to develop skills in engineering, research, design, management, and academic writing.