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Student Clubs and Initiatives


Building lasting relationships outside of the laboratory are important to your experience in graduate school. Student clubs and academic initiatives reflect the community here at Weill Cornell. The diversity of interests is wide-ranging, whether they be academic and professional development or hitting a ball out of the park (or a birdie!), students are encouraged to join a student club or initiative.

Don’t see a club that interests you? Start your own! Click here to know more on creating a club or starting an initiative.

Accelerating BioVenture Innovation

The Accelerating BioVenture Innovation was founded as a Weill Cornell student club in 2010 and has resulted in the creation of several seed-funded biotech startups. We unite members of the tri-institutional community and professionals in NYC interested in entrepreneurship and/or venture capital in the life sciences. Our mission is to help scientists and clinicians in our community translate their ideas into products that can help patients.

Badminton Club (GSEC)

If you're a badminton enthusiast looking to play on campus, you've come to the right place! The club aims to provide a platform for Weill Cornell students, fellows, postdocs, faculty, staff and affiliates to play badminton regularly. The objective of the club is to facilitate its members to improve their skills and also socialize with other players. Going forward, we hope to have a competitive team which can participate in nationwide tournaments to gain more exposure and further improve their skills.

Board Games Club

If you're looking to make new friends (and maybe some enemies), look no further than the Board Games Club! We meet in the evenings in the Lasdon student lounge once a week, and play a variety of strategy, social-deception, and card games. All students from the Graduate and Medical school are welcome!

Early STEM Outreach Club (GSEC)

We believe that STEM outreach must start early! The purpose of our club is to engage young minds with various STEM activities. Our tasks include developing, testing and teaching exciting lesson plans for children, focused on elementary/middle school students but also high school students on occasion. We run the program in NYC elementary schools, on campus, and at various community events.

Hockey Team (GSEC)

The Weill Cornell ICE-OTOPES play in the Central Park Ice Hockey League at Lasker Rink, right on the water in beautiful Central Park North. The team plays Sunday nights from November through March and features players from all three branches of the Tri-I, including graduate students, post-docs, and PIs.

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Weill Cornell Outdoor Adventure Club organizes outdoor adventures ranging from hiking in the Hudson Valley, to canoeing in the Adirondacks, to climbing, to cycling, even occasionally skiing. We are always looking for new adventure ideas! We also maintain a library of camping and climbing gear for the use of all Tri-I affiliates.

Science & Education Policy Association (SEPA)

The Science & Education Policy Association is a student-run organization founded at the Tri-I aiming to facilitate the interaction between scientists and the world of science policy. Scientists are uniquely qualified to speak on science-related issues, both to advocate on behalf of science research and to communicate how science is beneficial to the public good. Bringing scientists to the forefront of these conversations will lead to more informed policies.

Soccer Club (GSEC)

The Cornell Isotopes Soccer Club is an athletic club open to soccer enthusiasts of all skill levels. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to form connections with your peers by competing as a team in city-wide coed recreational soccer leagues all year round.

Tennis Club

The Tennis Club is a co-ed team comprised of tennis players ranging in skills from beginner to recreational to highly competitive. Our goal is to foster a friendly Tri-I tennis community by providing an outlet for students to learn tennis, develop their game, and socialize off-court. Hitting sessions will consist of a mix of drills, fun games, and match play.

The Chinese Student and Scholar Association

The Chinese Student and Scholar Association was founded to support the general Chinese population in Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorially Sloan-Kettering Institute, the Rockefeller University and Hospital for Special Surgery. We also work with Cornell Tech, as well as Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York. The mission of this association is to facilitate career and life in the four institutes and to introduce the Chinese culture to our international friends.

Tri-I Outreach Committee (TORC)

Tri-I Outreach Committee (TOrC) focuses on STEM outreach initiatives for K-12 through undergraduate students, primarily for underrepresented minorities and students from low-income families. Our mission is to offer mentorship, provide resources, spread awareness about research careers in STEM, and increase accessibility for students who lack resources in their local communities. We aim to inspire the next generation of scientists, curious thinkers, and problem solvers and provide them with the agency to set and achieve their goals. TorC consists of motivated graduate students, research scientists and postdoctoral volunteers from across the Tri-Institutional community (Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University) with a shared passion for science outreach.

Tri-Institutional Consulting Club

The Tri-Institutional Consulting Club strives to provide guidance to members of the Tri-I community who wish to pursue a career in consulting. We host various events - from case competitions to bootcamps to informational sessions for various firms - that help our members with their career development. From February to August, we have weekly sessions on Thursday evenings where members get together to practice casing with each other in preparation for recruitment season.

Volleyball Club (GSEC)

Welcome to the Weill Cornell Student Volleyball Club! We meet a couple of days a week in Olin Hall Gym Court to play (mostly) friendly games. We have an open gym day when all levels are welcome, and one night for more experienced players so that everyone can improve their skills in the right environment and at the right pace. Time to remember those volleyball classes from college!

WCM Data Science Club

This club aims at fostering a community of data scientists in the Tri-Institutional system. The goal of this club is to provide a support system to all the students who are looking to build a skillset in data science. Club activities include regular meetings where students share their data science projects and guest speaker events where experienced data scientists from the industry as well as research institutions will present on a variety of topics. We encourage students of all backgrounds and experience levels to attend the events.

WCMC Book Club (GSEC)

The Book Club meets once every 2-3 months to discuss a book and eat a homemade meal. Books are democratically chosen, and everyone gets to propose one of their choice at least once a year. We read all different kinds of books, from memoirs to science fiction to classics and everything in between. We hope to see you at the next discussion!

Weill Cornell Softball Team (GSEC)

The softball club is an athletic/social club open to all Weill Cornell graduate students (no softball experience necessary!). We play in a league on Randall's Island that runs from June-Early August, with games starting at 6:45 PM during the week. We also occasionally do some social events/practices a few weeks before the season starts or after games (in the case of social events).

Yoga Club (GSEC)

Yoga enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome to join us in Yoga Club. In our weekly vinyasa-style yoga classes, you will coordinate your breath and movement while maintaining proper body alignment and building strength, endurance, flexibility, and body awareness.
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