The Office of Student and Education Services provides many opportunities for students to get involved in the Physics Department and community.
The Graduate Student Committee is an elected group of 7 graduate students who work with the Physics Department to improve the graduate student experience. Our main focuses have been advising and community building.
Read more about the Graduate Student Committee and how to get involved.
Join the UMD chapter of the Society of Physics Students! For more information, click this link.
Undergraduate Quantum Association
The Undergraduate Quantum Association is UMD's only organization for undergrads interested in the fields of quantum science and technology! We provide a space for students passionate or interested in learning about quantum physics, computing, technology, information science and more. For more information, visit UQA's page.
Physics Undergraduate Committee
The UMD Physics Undergraduate Committee (PUC) works to improve the experience of all physics undergraduates. New members are elected every year with representatives from each year in the major. For more information, go to PUC’s page.
Students are encouraged to get involved in research in order to gain experience and also to learn more about what the day-to-day life of a physicist entails.
Learn more about getting involved in research by visiting the undergraduate research page.
Physicists of Underrepresented Genders
UMD Physicists of Underrepresented Genders (PUGs) aims to provide a welcoming social environment for underrepresented members of the physics community at Maryland, as well as an opportunity to network and learn from each other about academic and career development.
For more information, visit the PUGs page.
Outreach and Public Engagement
The Physics Department hosts a wide variety of outreach events each year, including the long-running Physics is Phun demonstration series, and Physics Discovery Days for elementary-aged students. For information on the programs, visit our outreach page.
To be added to the volunteer list for these activities, please fill out this form.
The Vortex - Physics Makerspace
The Vortex, UMD Physics’ makerspace, is a collaborative environment for working on projects in electronics, fabrication, coding, and more. Students can learn through hour-long workshops and develop projects throughout the academic year. Keep up to date with future events on The Vortex page.
Graduate Resources Advancing Diversity with Maryland Astronomy and Physics (GRAD-MAP) is a collaborative program to help advance diversity in our departments and to provide skills and experiences needed to pursue graduate degrees in physics and astronomy.
More information can be found on the GRAD-MAP website.