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Students for Rare Chapters

Students for Rare strives to spread awareness and recognition of rare diseases, establish professional relationships and partnerships and encourage students to pursue future opportunities within the rare disease space. By uniting students of all disciplines, we reach the next generation of professionals, advocates, researchers and medical professionals ensuring rare diseases will not be overlooked in the future.

Current Chapters

  • American University of Integrative Sciences – School of Medicine
  • Calvin University
  • Central Michigan University – School of Medicine
  • George Washington University
  • Iowa State University
  • Keck Graduate Institute – School of Pharmacy
  • MCPHS University – Boston
  • Northeastern University – School of Pharmacy
  • McGill University – School of Medicine
  • Emory University – Genetic Counseling Program
  • Quinnipiac University – Netter School of Medicine
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of the Pacific- Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Washington State University-Spokane
  • Wesleyan University



Program Details

Benefits of being in the NORD Students for Rare program include:

  • First priority consideration for scholarships to NORD’s annual Rare Disease & Orphan Product Breakthrough Summit and Living Rare, Living Stronger Patient & Family Forum
  • Opportunities to network with other like-minded students around the country who are also interested in rare diseases
  • Opportunity to promote your major campus events and achievements on NORD’s social media channels
  • Earning occasional opportunities to work on special projects for NORD
  • Accessing educational opportunities such as special webinars and student meetings specifically designed for students in the Students for Rare program
  • Branding your club with the NORD Students for Rare Chapter logo on your materials and social media channels

Program Details


-Host at least three campus events to promote rare disease awareness and education on campus

-Become a registered student group on campus

-Have a faculty advisor

-Have at least four student leaders

-Adhere to the NORD Chapter Constitution and Bylaws

-Submit an annual report summarizing the activities of the previous academic year

Application Process

NORD Student Club and Chapter Form

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Student Group President

Student Group VP

Student Group Treasurer

Student Group Secretary

Student Group - Other Role

Faculty Advisor