Student Groups

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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.

The principal aim of The North Star Project is to create an academic culture and environment that allows students from a diverse range of backgrounds to excel, thereby improving the retention of these students and consequently increasing the diversity of the University of Oregon’s physics department.  The North Star approach weaves a symbiosis among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, and thus creates multidimensional opportunities for conversations and involvement in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

North Star Project

UO Society of Physics Students

The UO chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) aims to service as a resource for undergraduates while fostering community and connecting students with professors, professional opportunities, and outreach. Throughout the year it hosts events such as social coffee hours, graduate school Q&A panels, talks from visiting professionals, presentations from department faculty about their research, and movie or game nights.

The SPS is a national organization aimed at creating a community of physics undergraduates across the nation. There are currently about 820 active chapters on campuses around the country, with more involvement every year. SPS is open to all students interested in physics, and includes a variety of majors including mathematics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, astronomy, and geology, among others.

UO Society of Physics Students

STEM-Related 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.


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.

Diversity Resources

AccessAbility Student Union is a cross-disability student group who value diversity. We provide a support system for students and hold fun and educational events and activities. 

Black Women of Achievement has a mission to provide social, cultural, educational, and physical development to women of color.  

Graduate Student Association is open to all graduate students on campus to connect, share information, and work for the betterment of the graduate experience.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer Alliance: The LGBTQA Alliance’s core purpose is to create opportunities for people to celebrate, appreciate, and affirm their whole selves. 

The Multicultural Center aspires to be a center where all students would be welcomed to meet, plan, and help with educating the community about diversity.  

Native American Student Union assists American Indian, Alaskan Natives, and Indigenous Peoples in maintaining cultural values while pursuing their educational goals. 

Queer, Trans & Intersex Students of Color (QTISOC) creates community for Queer, Trans, & Intersex students of color. 

Physicists for Advancing Gender Equity in Science (PAGES) aims to connect women in different stages of their careers in order to build a strong internal network. 

The Women in Graduate Science organization focuses on the development of women within interdisciplinary sciences to become successful scientists.

The American English Institute serves the educational mission of the University of Oregon through scholarship, English language instruction, and English language professional training.  

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies researches deepening connections between the UO community and the diversity of peoples who trace their ancestry to Asia and the Pacific Islands. 

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) serves as a hub for interdisciplinary and collaborative research and creative work focusing on the study of Latin America and U.S. Latino/a populations.  

Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) has a mission to create, fund, share, and support research that addresses the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities. 

Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) supports and strengthens language preservation and revitalization efforts.   

The School of Global Studies and Languages engages students with diverse cultures, languages, histories, and lifeways across the world.  

The Spanish Heritage Language Program is designed specifically for students who have a personal, familial, or community connection to Spanish.  

The Yamada Language Center is a way of both centralizing and improving pedagogical and technological support for the 4000+ language teaching faculty and students at the UO.

Find More Student Groups

The UO campus is home to more than 300 student groups you can join. Look for a club that sparks your interest—or start your own!

UO Student Groups