Undergraduate students play an important part in the life of the physics department. Our dynamic Society of Physics Students is consistently recognized by the national organization for their oustanding work in supporting future physicists as well as their tremendous outreach program. The Astronomy Club, Women in Physics, and People of Color in Physics groups also provide social, professional, and outreach opportunities. Undergrads can work for the department helping with lab set-up or taking shifts in the department's tutorial center. They also have a say in departmental matters via the undergraduate student liaison committee, which meets with the department head to address issues of particular importance to undergraduates.
Society of Physics Students
In December 2022 UT's Society of Physics Students learned they had won Outstanding Chapter honors for their hard work and contagious enthusiasm. They've won this honor nine time in 10 years. They hosted a Halloween party where they showcased their pumpkin decorating skills, threw a party to celebrate the national SPS centennial, hiked to Grotto Falls in the Smokies, and attended the annual SPS zone meeting in Kentucky. They also won funding for, organized, and hosted a soiree for the entire physics department in the spring of 2022.
This club is open to all majors, undergrads, grad students, alumni, and staff! The club is free to join, and there are no requirements! If you even like the idea of black holes, galaxies, astrophotography, space travel, aliens, or anything else space related, this is the club for you!
Women In Physics
The Women in Physics (WiP) organization brings together students who wish to empower and support gender minorities in physics. WiP also strives to support other minority groups within physics and women in all STEM fields. The organization is open to any student interested in physics and supporting gender minorities.
People of Color in Physics
The People of Color in Physics Club is an organization that supports and promotes diversity and inclusion in the field of physics. The club provides a supportive and inclusive community for people of color who are interested in physics and related fields, and it offers a variety of events and activities that help members learn, grow, and connect with others in the field. In addition to its events and activities, the People of Color in Physics Club also advocates for diversity and inclusion in the physics community. The club works to promote policies and practices that support and empower people of color in the field, and it advocates for greater representation and recognition of the contributions of people of color in physics.