NORD Students for Rare

If you are a high school or college student who wants to become involved helping people with rare diseases live better lives, we have a great program for you. Students for Rare unites students of all disciplines to spread awareness of rare disease and explore future opportunities working with the rare disease community.

Apply Now


By joining a Students for Rare chapter or starting a new one, you receive the following benefits:

  • Priority for scholarships to our annual Rare Disease & Orphan Product Breakthrough Summit and Living Rare, Living Stronger Patient & Family Forum
  • Networking opportunities with other students around the country
  • Promoting your major campus events and achievements on NORD’s social media channels
  • Working 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
  • Leadership experience and networking opportunities
  • Building your resume
  • Knowing that you’re making a difference by helping people with rare diseases

Chapter Requirements

  • Host at least 3 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 4 student members
  • Adhere to the NORD Chapter Constitution and Bylaws
  • Submit an annual report summarizing the activities of the previous academic year

Current Chapters

  • Amador Valley High School
  • American Heritage School
  • American University of Integrative Sciences
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • California Northstate University College of Medicine
  • Calvin University
  • Canyon Crest Academy
  • Central Michigan University School of Medicine
  • Del Norte High School
  • Dublin High School
  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School
  • Iowa State University
  • Issaquah High School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Keck Graduate Institute
  • Lafayette High School
  • Lake Norman High School
  • McGill University
  • MCPHS University
  • Michigan State University
  • Mission San Jose High School
  • Mounds View High School
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Obra D. Tompkins HS
  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School
  • Qunnipiac
  • Richard Montgomery High School
  • Rutgers University
  • Samford University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Trinity Preparatory School
  • Trinity Preparatory School
  • UC Davis
  • University of Alberta
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania College of Arts & Sciences
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of the Pacific- Thomas J. Long of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Washington State University
  • Washington University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Westfield High School
  • Westminster Christian School
  • Westview High School/Beaverton School District Health Careers Program
  • William and Mary University

Quarterly Student Newsletter

Sign up for our free quarterly newsletter to high school, undergraduate, and graduate level students. It includes opportunities to get involved, educational resources, and advice for pursuing careers in the rare disease space.

Sign up for student newsletter