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Undergraduate Physics Student Organizations 2023-2024

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: Salim Karimov.4
Vice President: Swaraj Patnaik.27
Treasurer: Noah Downing.301
Secretary: Katherine Indyk.3
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: Erin Duell.19
Vice President: Jowen Callahan.406
Treasurer: Emily Macbeth.12
Secretary: Shelby Summers.344
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Gupta.208

Women and Gender Minorities in Physics (WAGMiP)

The purpose of WAGMiP is to promote involvement of, career and academic development for, and sense of community among the graduate and undergraduate women and gender minorities in the Ohio State University Department of Physics, and to increase awareness of issues related to these groups in physics among members of the physics community at the Ohio State University. Find out more by visiting our website at u.osu.edu/swip/about/ or emailing us at ohiostateswip@gmail.com.

President: Emily Koivu.1
Vice President: Hannah Lyons.654
Treasurer: Heyang Long.1697
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin.1

Polaris Mentoring Program

Polaris is a partnership between undergraduate and graduate physics and astronomy students at The Ohio State University dedicated to fostering a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible undergraduate physics experience in the OSU Departments of Physics and Astronomy. We are a 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 and astronomy bachelors of science programs 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 u.osu.edu/polaris