Student Organizations


Undergraduate Physics Student Organizations 2020-2021

The Ohio State University offers nearly a thousand students organizations. The Department of Physics is home to three of these organizations and are open to undergraduate physics and engineering physics majors and anyone interested in the group's mission.  We encourage our majors to get involved in at least one of the following organizations.

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

The purpose of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is to promote the development of physics students through interactions with fellow students, faculty, and visiting physicists.  Meetings are held every other week and consist of talks from faculty to outside speakers on diverse topics in physics, and lab tours. Visit the SPS Website for additional information.

President: Nathan Lachner.3
Vice President: Sam Roberts.1691
Treasurer: Allison Lucas.708
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Gupta.208

Sigma Pi Sigma: Physics Honor Society

Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics, to encourage interest in physics among all students, to promote an attitude of service of its members toward their fellow students, colleagues, and the public, and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. The main activities of the society involve outreach projects to enhance the teaching of science in middle and high schools in Ohio. More information is available on the Sigma Pi Sigma Website.

President: Joey Masters.173
Vice President: Caitlin Patterson.988
Treasurer: Liam Ramsey.453
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Gupta.208

Society for Women in Physics

Women are under-represented in physics at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Society for Women in Physics (SWiP) will create a space for women in the physics community at Ohio State to support each other, to address relevant issues, and reach out to others. The society is aimed at undergraduate and graduate women in the Physics Department, but all are welcome. Find out more by visiting our website at or emailing us at

Polaris Mentoring Program

Polaris is a partnership between undergraduate and graduate physics students at The Ohio State University dedicated to fostering a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible undergraduate physics experience in the OSU Department of Physics. We are an entirely student-run organization developed in collaboration between graduates and undergraduates. Our focus lies in the augmented retention of underrepresented and non-traditional groups in the physics BS program by providing professional and academic mentorship for those groups. We seek to aid undergraduate students in creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive learning community. For more information, visit