About us

Society for Scientists of Color is an RSO dedicated to providing a space for people of color within STEM to connect to, learn from, and grow with each other.


SSoC aims to provide a sense of community and belonging between Scientists of Color.


SSoC facilitiates mentorship between undergrads so that students can have acess to people who have navigated similar academic and professional experiences.


SSoC promotes and ensures the continued growth of accessibility and opportunity for students of color interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Upcoming Events

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So You Want to be a STEM Major?

Friday Oct. 11

3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Center for Identity and Inclusion
Join the Society for Scientists of Color as we kick off the 2019-2020 school year! Come meet our board, get some advice and tips from upperclassmen, and get the inside scoop on STEM at UChicago.

Family Head Mixer

Fourth Week

Come meet your family heads and learn more about your major and major resources.

Science Talks

Sixth Week

Listen to your fellow students talk about their research or get up and present your own!

Internship Science Fair

Eighth Week

Start your internship search with tons of support, resources, and advice from upperclassmen.

Coming Soon!

Health and wellness events.
Study sessions.
Alumni events.
Community service opportunities.


A collection of resources to help you navigate STEM as a scientist of color. Look here for scholarships, information sessions, and other ways to connect and thrive in this community.

Family Resources

Within this folder, resources are separated by major. Each folder includes resources such as contact information, internship/scholarship opportunities, and useful links. If you have questions about specific resources or suggestions to add, reach out to your family head.

Family Heads

For major specific advice, feel free to reach out to your family head(s). Family heads are upperclassmen within your major dedicated to helping provide advice, resources and support. They made mistakes so you don't have to.

For general information or questions regarding family heads and their resources, reach out to Nikita Mehta (nikitamehta@uchicago.edu), the family head program chair.


  • Kimberly Ho, kimberlyh@uchicago.edu
  • Biology

  • Aliya Khan, aliyakhan1@uchicago.edu
  • Daryn Ellison, daryne@uchicago.edu
  • Chemistry

  • Emily Chen, chenemily@uchicago.edu
  • Eric You, eyou@uchicago.edu
  • Computer Science

  • Zené Sekou, zene@uchicago.edu
  • Margot Herman, margotaherman@uchicago.edu
  • Melissa Tovar, tovarm@uchicago.edu
  • Mathematics

  • Marlin Figgins, marlinfiggins@uchicago.edu
  • Kamau Stewart, kustew@uchicago.edu
  • Neuroscience

  • Itzel Velazquez, itzelvelazquez@uchicago.edu
  • Eddie Mondeja, emondeja@uchicago.edu
  • Physics

  • Beamlak Lefebo, blefebo@uchicago.edu
  • Pre-Med

  • Chorine Adewale, cadewale@uchicago.edu
  • Tina Rodriguez, tinar@uchicago.edu
  • Psychology

  • Jillian Bowman, jbowman3@uchicago.edu
  • Meet the Board!

    Marlin Figgins, president

    Marlin Figgins

    Autumn Moore, vice-president

    Autumn Moore

    Jazmin Tweedle, Events Chair

    Jazmin Tweedle

    Zoe Dove

    Thomas Siafa, Assistant Events Chair

    Thomas Siafa Jr.

    Destiny Gayle, treasurer

    Destiny Gayle
    Events Coordinator

    Zené Sekou, Webmaster

    Zené Sekou

    Mohamed Fawaz, First year representative

    Mohamed Fawaz
    Mentorship chair

    Ateh Fonteh, Community Service Chair

    Ateh Fonteh
    Community Service Chair

    Roger Romero, Community Service Chair

    Roger Romero
    Community Service Chair

    Kaela Jolibois, First year representative

    Kaela Jolibois
    Professional Development Chair

    Chiara Theophile, Socia Media Chair

    Chiara Theophile
    Social Media Chair

    Kaylee Blanchard, Socia Media Chair

    Kaylee Blanchard
    Social Media Chair

    Sophia Li, First year representative

    Sophia Li
    Health and Wellness Chair

    Sophia Li, First year representative

    Ionie Banner
    Health and Wellness Chair

    Alyssa Guillu, First year representative

    Alyssa Guillu
    Graphic Design Chair

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