2013

The 2013/2014 Community Building winners are listed below. For the most complete information about Community Building events, please see our Community Building Events News Feed.

Advanced Degree Consulting Alliance (ADCA). This group brings together students from all advanced degrees at Northwestern sharing the common goal of securing a job as a consultant upon graduation. The mission of the ADCA is “to greatly improve the rate of success of its members, earning careers in management and discipline-specific consulting”.
Contact: Sarist Macksasitorn and Henry Heitzer

Association for Women in Chemistry (AWC). AWC seeks to support women in chemistry and related fields as they advance through graduate school. We focus on community building, mentoring and professional development events.
Contact: Katie Mauck and Kristen Brown

Brain Awareness Outreach (NUBAO). A graduate student-led public outreach initiative dedicated to Chicago area youths by organizing fun, engaging and innovative hands-on activities to educate, excite and inspire children about the brain.
Contact: Shoai Hattori and Natalie Frederick

Civically-Engaged Grads (CEG). A community of graduate students who want to be actively engaged with activities that may include, but not limited to: applied research, political advocacy and volunteer work in the Chicago area (or farther afield). By bringing together graduate students from across fields and professional tracks, we hope to exchange experiences and best practices, share opportunities and resources, incite collaboration across disciplines, support each other’s work, and increase the visibility of and appreciation for engaged scholarship.
Contact: Ruth Martin and Matilda Stubbs

Get-A-Grip Education Outreach. We are a 6-8 week project-based, bi-annual program that challenges middle school students to design and construct a prosthetic arm using household materials.
Contact: Reva Johnson and Aaron Young

Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF). Engages students from all academic disciplines in considering how our religious faith has an impact on studies and scholarship, and preparing future leaders in the academy, government and industry.
Contact: Lauren Sturdy and En-tzu Anne Yang

Graduate Student Cross-Cultural Communication Committee. This group promotes and strengthens intercultural communication among graduate students so they can develop skills of cultural competence and simultaneously enhance their ability to be a successful team member, lab member, and leader at Northwestern University and beyond.
Contact: Natalia Smirnov and Bernie Beckerman

Graduate Women Across Northwestern (GWAN). We are an interdisciplinary organization that seeks to create community building opportunities for women in the graduate and professional programs at Northwestern University. Our activities bond female graduate students for three purposes: cross functional networking, sharing best practices and broadening social networks. (See also GWAN Moms).
Contact: Angela Yenchi Chang and Monica So

Interdisciplinary Asian Studies Graduate Student Group (IASGSG). Our purpose is to foster interdisciplinary exchange and social connections among the Asian Studies community at Northwestern University. We aim to create spaces in which graduate students from diverse departments can meet and engage with one another academically and socially, and expose one another to viewpoints they might not encounter within their home departments.
Contact: Patricia Nguyen and Beatrice Choi

Indian Graduate Students and Scholars Association (IGSSA). Our objective is to increase the awareness of Indians on campus and in the community, to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India, to ensure a homely atmosphere for Indian students and to unite Indians and people of other races. We hope to accomplish this by bringing together students from different educational and cultural backgrounds to celebrate the diversity of the Indian culture.
Contact: Ishan Saxena and Gautam Naik

Iranian Student Association (ISA). A student group dedicated to promoting social, intellectual and cultural activities for Iranian students and scholars at Northwestern University, as well as interested members in the Northwestern community.
Contact: Elham Beheshtizavareh and Laila Jaber-Ansari

Mental Health Mix & Mingle (MHMM). The goal of this twice-monthly series is to bring together students and faculty across Northwestern’s often isolated mental health studies departments (including, but not limited to, marriage and family therapy, counseling psychology and clinical psychology) every two weeks to socialize, network and discuss issues of professional development and contemporary research in the field.
Contact: Molly A. Blazak and Gideon Litherland

NU Energy Technology Group (NETG). This group brings together graduate students from across Northwestern's departments and campuses to address the significant energy challenges facing our world this century. The group will consider our energy problem through the lens of emerging energy technologies used in both energy production and consumption.
Contact: Kenneth Aruda and Kevin Schwartzenberg

Northwestern University Jews Over Twenty (NU JOT). Interdisciplinary organization dedicated to providing community building opportunities for Jewish graduate and professional students at Northwestern.
Contact: Matthew Glazer and Noah Weiss

Northwestern Swing Dance Syndicate (NSDS). An organization that promotes stronger community via swing dancing (lindy hop, blues, balboa and a range of other dances). We host lessons throughout the year, as well as organizing all-Chicago dance events with nationally renowned swing bands. We are open to everyone in the Northwestern community—from beginners to advanced dancers.
Contact: Faifan Tantakitti and Ahmet Colak

Northwestern University Cricket Club (NUCC). We are a community of graduate students hosting weekly cricket games, bi-annual tournaments, screening of international games and an on-line forum.
Contact: Arunoday Singh and Jain Divya

Northwestern University Canadian Club (NUCGC). We are an organization dedicated to providing services to members of the Northwestern Canadian community and to those who are interested in Canadian culture. In addition, we aim to become a resource for students who are interested in traveling, working or interning in Canada. Overall, we strive to foster awareness and interest in Canadian issues at Northwestern.
Contact: Reda Al-Bahrani and Fumitaka Kikyo

NU SACNAS Student Chapter at NU (SACNAS). SACNAS is a national society of scientists whose mission is to foster the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native Americans in science. This is the first SACNAS chapter at NU, SaCNU.  SaCNU aims to foster the success of Chicano, Latino, Native American and other underrepresented minority scientists at NU at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. Contact: Adelita Mendoza and Kenny Rodriguez

Northwestern University Curling Club. (Teflon Soles & Brooms) We are a sport that graduate students from all disciplines and their families can enjoy at any level of skill, commitment, athleticism or competitiveness.
Contact: Martin McBriarty and Michael Lucas

NU FIRST. This group is comprised of NU students, faculty and staff who are interested in supporting FIRST K-12 programs in the Chicago area.  Activities include seminars, workshops, volunteering and mentoring of CPS high school students to promote STEM.
Contact: Joe Schaefer and Albert Xue

NU Machine Learning Meet-up. This is a club for students, techies, members of industry, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts interested in machine learning and data mining. Our club aims to foster a strong environment for professional development where members can easily share their knowledge and experience in machine learning through relevant and accessible monthly lectures and group discussions given by members, researchers and Chicago professionals.
Contact: Jeremy Watt and Reza Borhani

NU Photonic/SPIE. Our mission is to increase the awareness and knowledge of the Northwestern and Evanston community about photonics by engaging them in educational events, social activities and volunteering.
Contact: Monica So and Guanxi Chen

NU-SIAM. We are the Northwestern University Student Chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Math and provide a community for students of disparate academic disciplines and various personal backgrounds to share their interest in applied mathematics.
Contact: Thomas Wytock and Yang Yang

“Plant-it Purple” Graduate Gardens. We are the creators of an Evanston community garden where graduate students and their families can come together to dig in the earth and discuss projects online.
Contact: Andrea Luthi and Jennifer Kay

SciArt Club. An organization that aims to provide a forum to discover and debate prevalent topics in the art conservation field, as well as to practice public speaking, voicing ideas and opinions for those who are interested in translating their graduate degree into a career in art conservation and related sciences.
Contact: Stephanie Zaleski and Emilie Margarette Campbell

SPG Improv. Northwestern University's Graduate Student Improv Group. We are an organization with a diverse group of graduate students whose mission is to build community through learning, teaching and performing improvisational theatre.
Contact: Cora Palfy and Alex Smith

The Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies.  We are an interdisciplinary academic endeavor that aims to promote and stimulate conversations on indigeneity and indigenous populations in the Americas and the transnational imaginary at Northwestern University. We seek to engage, discuss and complicate ideas of indigeneity, belonging, sovereignty and genocide by engaging with scholars and activists who are concerned with these issues.
Contact: Chad Infante

Turkish International Club (TIC). This organization promotes and facilitates bridging the members of Turkish community with different ethnic and religious groups. We organize social and cultural programs — dinners, exhibitions, slide/video shows and cultural outings — that are open to everyone, while encouraging communication between people from different age, gender, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Contact: Taner Aytun and Tuncay Ozel