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Student Initiatives

On September 23, 2010 the DIA Board of Directors of the DIA accepted a motion to create a Task Force to develop a Student Chapter business plan that enabled the DIA student “program” to have a larger, more strategic impact for DIA. Their task was to provide strategic advice and develop a methodology to grow and sustain global student programs. As a result of the Board’s motion, the Student Chapter Task Force was convened on November 22, 2011. The Task Force was comprised of a multidisciplinary group of DIA members and one non-member from various locations in the world as well as diversified professional affiliations. The Task Force met virtually to review and discuss the state of student chapter structure, outcome, investment and value for the DIA and for the students. As part of their effort, the Task Force also provided a comprehensive report including input on administration, membership, and funding for DIA Student Chapters. A Student Chapter Charter, Operational Guidelines, Affiliation Agreements, and other materials were created to develop and ensure the success and sustainability of global Student Chapters.

DIA views student engagement as an investment in its own future and is committed to the expansion of all student initiatives. The DIA Board of Directors continues to monitor the progress of student initiatives through quarterly reports to ensure the infrastructure is in place to sustain these programs.

Student Membership
As a DIA student member, you join a global community of students. Student membership helps you network with industry colleagues, improve your skills, learn about hot topics and position yourself to join the global life science sector.

DIA’s digital eMembership for students allows you to control your experience online. Benefits include:

  • Exclusive access to global network of 18,000+ professional colleagues
  • Discounts and special student rates on hundreds of educational events worldwide
  • Networking with professionals and students worldwide, via DIA ConneX, our network of more than 30 online communities
  • Mentoring and the DIA Career Center
  • Member publications including Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science and Global Forum
  • Awards as well as recognition at DIA events
  • Professional development 

Questions about student membership?  Email membership@diahome.org.

Student Opportunities

  • Student Volunteer Program
  • Young Professionals Fellowship Program
  • Student Fellowship Program
  • Complimentary EuroMeeting registration
  • Student Poster Session (North America, Europe, China Annual Meetings)
  • Discount registration (North America and Europe Annual Meetings) 
  • Group Discounts for DIA Student Chapter members

Student Chapters
Student Chapters are self-enabling organizations that operate under a charter and guidelines delineated by DIA to ensure growth and sustainability. A student chapter consists of a group of at least ten (10) members, a student chapter advisor, and a hosting institution, whose purpose is to promote an affiliation with DIA and serve the needs of students for multidisciplinary networking and information exchange. Student Chapters are open to individuals from a single or multiple educational institutions that may be affiliated with policy, public health, research, or health care facilities. Membership is open to all regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or political affiliation. 


  • Chennai
  • Gujarat
  • Manipal
  • Mumbai
  • St. Peter’s Institute of Pharmacy

North America

  • Durham Technical Community College, NC
  • Eastern Michigan University, MI
  • Howard University, DC
  • Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, CA
  • Rutgers/UMDNJ, NJ
  • St. John’s University, NY
  • University of Connecticut, CT
  • University of the Sciences, PA
  • Yale University, CT

DIA regional directors approve funding, review proposals for new student chapters, and evaluate the performance of existing chapters. 

For more information about these and other opportunities for students contact Meredith.Kaganovskiy@diahome.org.