Graduate Community

The Department of Physics is home to a vibrant, intellectual, and supportive community of graduate scholars. Learn more about connecting with your peers in the department, getting the support you need to complete your degree, and living in Eugene.

Graduate Student Committees 2023-2024


Benjamin Mannix

Invited Speaker Coordinator 
Matt Brown

Colloquium Lunch Committee Head 
Sean Brudney

Graduate Student Seminar Committee Head 
Kyle Cole

Orientation Committee Head 
Jaxen Godfrey

Recruiting Committee Head 
Tim Matthew

Wanton Mechanics Planning Committee Head 
(1-2 positions open)

Andrew Ducharme

List Master 
Fulton McKinney

Fall Picnic Planning Committee Head 
Viola Lum-Bolton

Holiday Party Planning Committee Head 
Natalie Velez

Mentorship Coordinators 

Summer Outings Committee Head 
Cristien Arzate

Department-wide Committee Members

Jacob Hass 
Viola Lum 
Kevin Randles 
(2 OPEN)

Anthony Carroll 
Scott Lambert 
Victor De Oliveira Rosolem

Paul Andreini 
Eddie Bautista

Graduate Support Group 
Aileen Carrol Godfrey 
Uriel Hernandez 
Sangeet Paul

Climate and Diversity 
Eddie Bautista 
Aileen Carroll Godfrey 
Andrew Ducharme

Development and Alumni 
James Haverstick

Graduate Studies 
Austin Batz 
Uriel Hernandez 
Sangeet Paul

GTFF Stewards 
Francesca Ark 
Bret Brouse 
Sean Brudney 
Katelin Donaldson 
Sean Ericson 
Viola Lum 
Benjamin Mannix 
Amy Soudachanh

Diversity Resources

As a member of the University of Oregon community, you have a right to learn, work, and live in an environment free of discrimination. To report an incident or raise concerns regarding harassment or discrimination please contact Dr.Stephanie Majewski.

Student Groups


The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science aims to build a supportive community of undergraduates in STEM, build relationships with other STEM-field students and professionals, and to have a positive impact in the world through outreach.


PAGES exists at UO to create a welcoming and supportive community to STEM students of marginalized gender. PAGES stands for Physicists for Advancing Gender Equity in Science. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to join our community and support our mission.

North Star Project

The North Star Project is a community of UO undergraduates, graduate students, and physical science faculty who aim to strengthen the physical sciences and STEM by creating learning environments and a culture that attracts and retains inspired, enthusiastic, and talented students from diverse backgrounds.


A Community for Minorities in STEM was established at UO to promote the participation and success of minorities in STEM. It focuses on fostering a supportive and inclusive community for ethnic and cultural minorities in all disciplines of science, technology and mathematics.


UO LGBT+ in STEM aims to create a community for LGBT+ people in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, while providing education around LGBT+ issues for all people in the STEM fields

Women in Physics

The Department of Physics is firmly committed to growing the number of PhDs awarded to women in STEM subjects. One goal of the department’s Diversity Committee is to increase this number through actively supporting the UO Women in Physics and Women in Graduate Sciences student groups, among other diversity initiatives.

Family and Childcare Services

Living in Oregon

Living in Oregon is one of the special benefits of attending the University of Oregon. Residents take pride in their state and are concerned with the quality of life in their cities and with preserving a remarkably beautiful and diverse natural environment. Eugene, home of the UO, and the neighboring community of Springfield are gateways to several stunning recreational areas.

The Oregon Coast, just an hour’s drive to the west, is a compelling recreational attraction: miles of shifting sand dunes; long, driftwood-strewn beaches; and tidepools at the margins of basaltic headlands provide possibilities for the wilderness experience.

The timbered foothills of the Cascade Range are a 10-minute drive from the university. The mountains rise from the floor of the valley to above 10,000 feet in dramatic volcanic peaks. Vast areas of designated wilderness are crossed by a trail system restricted to hikers only. Nature enthusiasts can experience the solitude of the primal forest year-round through hiking or cross-country skiing. Outdoor sports predominate in the mountains and forests of western Oregon — downhill skiing, camping, rock climbing, river running, and fly fishing are a part of the experience to be enjoyed in these nearby mountains.

Need equipment to explore? That’s easy with the UO Outdoor Program.

Living in Eugene

Eugene-Springfield, the state’s second largest metropolitan area, has a population of about 200,000. It is located at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers at the southern tip of the lush Willamette Valley. Portland, Oregon’s largest metropolitan area and gateway to the scenic Columbia River Gorge, lies 175 km to the north. Eugene is located on the main travel corridor that connects the major West Coast cities of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and is easily accessible by car, rail, or air.

In recent years three national quality-of-life surveys have rated Eugene near the top in the nation for cities of comparable size. Its climate is mild throughout the year; winter days are damp but rarely frigid, and summers are dry and sunny.

The city of Eugene is a vibrant, progressive community that embraces its connection to the University of Oregon. Eugene has frequently been recognized as a great place to live:

  • called Eugene one of its Top 10 college towns
  • National Geographic’s “Green Guide” named Eugene the number one green city in the U.S. for air quality, recycling, transportation, and green space.
  • Bicycling magazine called Eugene one of the ten most bicycle-friendly cities in the nation.
  • Rolling Stone included Eugene in its list of “America’s Top 10 Campus Music Scenes That Rock.”
  • Money magazine has ranked Eugene among the best six US cities in which to live.

Entertainment and Culture

The city offers a cosmopolitan range of cultural, entertainment, and shopping opportunities yet retains its comfortable, small-town atmosphere. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts added a new dimension to cultural opportunities in Eugene. The Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Eugene Ballet Company, and the Eugene Opera Company are in residence, and national touring companies, orchestras, and performers are scheduled regularly. With the recent addition of Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene has seen an increase in big-name performers coming to town.

The popular Oregon Shakespearean Festival takes place each summer in Ashland, Oregon, located south of Eugene.

The university itself offers first-class musical and drama events and sponsors films, art shows, and lectures on campus each year. Two major events on campus are the University Chamber Music Series and the two-week long Oregon Bach Festival, which are critically acclaimed as among the finest.

Outdoor Recreation

Eugene sits at the crossroad of two major rivers, the Willamette and McKenzie, affording endless recreational opportunities. In the summer months it’s not uncommon to find groups of students floating or picnicking along the Willamette River that runs between the campus proper and the lush Alton Baker Park and Autzen stadium across its waters.

Miles of bicycle paths and running trails are maintained in the city and local parks. A favorite stretch is in Alton Baker Park, across the Willamette River from campus. A footbridge provides access from the university and makes it possible for students living in north Eugene and Springfield to bicycle to campus.

“Pre’s Trail”, also in Alton Baker Park, is a specially designed European-style jogging and exercise course. Eugene is recognized internationally as one of the country’s leading sites for track-and-field competition.