Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Career Development Initiative for Physical Sciences (CDIPS)

CDIPS is a graduate student run organization that provides resources to graduate students and postdocs in the physical and mathematical sciences about their options outside academia through a speaker series, the Data Science Workshop, and improved access to alumni.  Founded in 2012, CDIPS aims to provide scientists with the information they need to make better informed career decisions.


Compass Project

The Compass Project is a self-formed group of graduate and undergraduate students in the physical sciences at UC Berkeley. Our goals are to improve undergraduate physics education, provide our participants with opportunities for professional development, and increase retention of students, especially those from populations typically underrepresented in the physical sciences. Compass fosters a diverse, collaborative student community by providing a wide range of services, including a summer program, fall and spring semester courses, mentoring, a research lecture series, and other academic and social support.



IGenSpectrum is a student group at UC Berkeley dedicated to improving the visibility and professional preparation of LGBT physicists. Founded in 2014, IGenSpectrum has already hosted a visiting colloquium speaker in a discussion of the challenges facing LGBT scientists; a summer research supplement program for undergraduates; and many social events.

At the UC Berkeley physics department, the graduate students are active in pushing for a more diverse and inclusive department climate. The three largest groups, IGenSpectrum, SWPS, and Compass, are increasing our coordination in our mentoring programs, social events, and policy recommendations.


Society for Women in the Physical Sciences (SWPS)

SWPS is a student group run by female graduate students in Physics, Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Sciences and Biophysics. Our goals are to encourage women and minorities to study the physical sciences and to create a friendly and supportive environment in these departments for all students.


Physics Graduate Student Association

A governing and advocacy body for the graduate students in the physics department.


Society for Physics Students (SPS)

The Society of Physics Students is a professional, national organization for all students interested in physics. We are the chapter at University of California - Berkeley. We do fun projects, promote and discuss physics, tour lab facilities, and connect with professors and their research. We also support an FAQ to answer questions about physics courses and the physics major, and we will produce a course guide soon. Check them out! We are a student group acting independently of the University of California.