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Undergraduate Student Life

People outdoors in front of Kidder Hall during the Fall social

There are many ways to be involved in the community as a physics student at Oregon State! The physics department hosts many clubs and outreach organizations that undergraduate and graduate students alike can join to meet other physics students and make a difference in the Corvallis community

Student outreach and engagement

Our department participates in a number of outreach events that help bring physics to the community. Getting involved in these events is a great way to boost your own learning and inspire young learners to develop a passion for science.

Physicists for Inclusion in Science

PhIS (pronounced "Fizz!") consists of students, faculty and staff in the Physics department, alumni, and other physicists on campus or in the community who support members of underrepresented groups as they pursue their physics careers.

Physicists for Inclusion in Science 

Society of Physics Students

The OSU local SPS chapter is a professional association of physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine and other majors interested in physics.

Society of Physics Students 

Astronomy Club

The OSU Astronomy Club hosts regular open house events to burgeon interest in astronomy, as well as to spread awareness of scientific breakthroughs.

Astronomy Club 

Support for students of color and LGBTQ students

Trio Student Support Services (TRiO SSS) is a support program for undergraduate students that are first-generation, low-income, or have documented disabilities. The program provides academic counseling, tutoring and peer mentorship, social enrichment opportunities and more.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is dedicated to increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics baccalaureate degrees.

SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support is an inclusive, welcoming community with events, educational programming and student advocacy and support for queer/trans people of color.

Find your place at Oregon State

Finding life balance

The College of Science strives to promote a healthy student community, especially among first-year students who may be struggling to find their place on campus. OSU offers many resources to help build a healthy community for its students, including outreach programs for a variety of college health issues. Many of the programs target the most common concerns and interests facing college students.

Remember that you are not alone! There are many people here to help.