IDEAS Student Society provides community, connections for online students

Great ideas often come directly from students.

In 2018, three online School of Molecular Sciences biochemistry students, Ellen Streitwieser, Nicola Osgood and Sam Bakotich, recognized the need for a platform to allow ASU Online students majoring in STEM degrees to connect with one another in a safe, inclusive community environment. At the time, there were almost no official student organizations at Arizona State University in which online students could actively engage.

So the trio took their idea to Clinical Assistant Professor Ara Austin, then-managing director of online programs at the School of Molecular Sciences, proposing to establish a student organization for science majors or people interested in science who were in online degree programs. They called it the IDEAS (Inclusion Diversity Education and Advocacy in Science) Student Society at ASU.