Diversity – Student Resources

Student organizations that support students from all backgrounds flourish within the division of Physical Sciences. The list below will be updated regularly. If you are a member of a student group not listed here, please let us know at physicalscience@ucla.edu.

AI Robotics Ethics Society

As technology advances at an exponential rate, it is imperative that we begin thinking about how AI will interact with and impact society at different facets of daily life. An organization open to all majors.

Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Society

A professional and social fraternity for men and women in the chemical sciences.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies, and careers.

Armenian Engineers and Scientists Association

An organization for anyone interested in Engineering and Science in the Armenian community.

Astronomy Live!

Astronomy Live! is UCLA’s astronomy outreach program run by a group of graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Bruin Home Solutions

A group of student scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs collaborating for a better tomorrow, making an impact–one project at a time.

Bruin Sports Analytics

A student-run sports statistics club that serves as a platform for sports research, data journalism, and machine learning applications.

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS)

The CEILS Learning Assistant program is open to undergraduates in the sciences at UCLA. Its mission is to empower all students through inclusive STEM teaching. By facilitating collaborative and inclusive learning, LAs transform the STEM classroom into one that encourages every student to ask, interact, explain, and deepen their own understanding.

Center for Diverse Leadership in Science

The UCLA Center for Diverse Leadership in Science (CDLS) is an initiative to bring people from diverse backgrounds into science. A CDLS fellowship is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to build community, grow leadership skills, engage in collaborative research, and gain support.

Chi Epsilon Pi- AOS Society

Chi Epsilon Pi (ΧΕΠ) is a graduate student group in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UCLA that works to support graduate students in our department.

Collaboration in Undergraduate Research Enrichment at UCLA

CURE at UCLA aims to expose, interest, and prepare undergraduate students for an optimized and exciting research experience.

Data Science Union

The Data Science Union at UCLA is an organization whose prime aim is the further the intuitive knowledge of individuals interested in Data Science.

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Student Organization

Representing undergraduate and graduate students in EPSS.

Environmentalists of Color Collective

The Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA aims to raise awareness about the contributions that people of color have made to the environmental just ice movement; reframe the definition and values of mainstream sustainability to be more inclusive of all marginalized and underrepresented communities; and stimulate critical dialogue about environmental racism and justice issues at UCLA and beyond.

Exploring Your Universe

An organization that produces a day packed with STEM outreach presentations to thousands of visitors each fall.

Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science (OCDS)

Working to increase visibility and promote student participation at all educational levels in the physical and life sciences through community college outreach events and a quarterly lecture series.

Queer and Trans in STEM (qSTEM)

Queer and Trans in STEM is an organization for LGBTQ+ graduate and undergraduate students in STEM fields at UCLA. The goal of the organization is to promote inclusivity and empower people who are not as comfortable being open toward their colleagues.

Science Lab Teaching Club

An outreach club within the physics and astronomy department that focuses on teaching kids science in the Los Angeles area.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Fostering the success of science students, postdocs, and professionals by providing a forum for academic, social, and community activities and services.

Society of Physics Students

An academic and social club where students interested in physics or physics-related activities come together to explore new things and have fun.

Society of Women Geoscientists

This organization encompasses students in AOS & EPSS, with some additional participation from P&A, Geography, and IoES students. The organization focuses on outreach and advocacy for women in a variety of geosciences.

Society of Women in Statistics

The Society of Women in Statistics (SWS) is a group of graduate students, faculty, and staff of the UCLA Department of Statistics that seeks to foster a sense of inclusive community, encourage additional female students and faculty to join the Department, and promote the professional advancement of its members.

Statistics Club

Social events, workshops, and guest talks for students interested in statistics and data science. Organizers of the annual ASA DataFest — the largest data hackathon on the West Coast.

STEM Transfer Community

An organization that informs, empowers, and unites STEM transfer students at UCLA.

Student Members of the American Chemical Society, UCLA Chapter

An on-campus student chapter of the world’s largest scientific society, open to undergrads and grad students of all majors.

Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Applications for summer 2018 are due March 31.

UCLA Alumni STEM Networking Night

This annual Student Alumni Association tradition gives undergraduates the opportunity to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as to interact with alumni who graduated with STEM degrees.

UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Student Association (CBGSA)

UCLA CBGSA is a graduate student association for those affiliated with the chemistry/biochemistry program and who are interested in science outreach in the community.

Undergraduate Math Council

Undergraduate Math Council: The Undergraduate Math Council is a council made up of undergraduate students, directly affiliated with the UCLA Math Department. Mathematics, and STEM at large, often carries an air of exclusivity, particularly for students from underrepresented communities.

The council aims to address these issues by fostering more effective and streamlined communication between students and the Math Department and promoting an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for UCLA Math students.

Undergraduate Mathematics Student Association

Open to anyone interested in mathematics.

Upsilon Lab – A lab for undergraduates, by undergraduates

Upsilon Lab is a department-sponsored organization within the UCLA Physics & Astronomy department. Undergraduates in the department provide other physics, biophysics, and astrophysics majors the opportunity to learn valuable skills to succeed in their future endeavors, whether in research, engineering, or other fields.

Women in Math

Women in Math (WIM) at the UCLA Mathematics department is an informal group of women graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and visitors that regularly holds lunches, dinners, and other social gatherings with the goal of fostering community and providing support for the women in the department.

Women+ in Physical Sciences

WPS is an organization that seeks to create a supportive atmosphere for all women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Its goal is to provide encouragement and guidance to our members through research opportunities, academic-related excursions, and social activities.

Women in Physics and Astronomy at UCLA

Graduate student organization dedicated to supporting women in physics and astronomy who are breaking the boundaries of women in science.

The division is able to offer a fund of up to $5,000 per year for each department to help sponsor student participation in diversity conferences such as the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), the Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) workshop, and others. Participation will help our students make professional connections with colleagues while helping recruit students to our programs.

Requests for funding should be made through the department representatives on the Physical Science Diversity Committee.


·   The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is covering registration for all students interested in attending the 2020 NOBCChE conference.

·   The Division of Physical Sciences is providing support for UCLA’s Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science (OCDS) to present a booth at the NOBCChE conference sharing the organization’s resources with new students.

The RISE Center is hosting Virtual Healing spaces for Black students, staff and faculty in the UCLA Community. Participants are invited into a supportive community to experience trauma-informed and healing-centered practices for resilience, self-care, well-being, and insight. The sessions are open to Black-identifying students, faculty, and staff. Click here for more details.

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) supports your mental health needs as you pursue your academic goals. Services are designed to foster the development of healthy well-being necessary for success in a complex global environment. Services include crisis counseling available by phone 24 hours a day/7 days a week; emergency intervention; individual counseling and psychotherapy; group therapy and more. Click here for more information about CAPS and to book a telehealth appointment.

The Queen’s Road Foundation is supporting undergraduate scholarships in the Division of Physical Sciences through the establishment of the Queen’s Road Foundation Undergraduate Fellows Fund.

Each year, one student from each department within the Division of Physical Sciences will be selected to receive a fellowship. U.S. citizenship or residency will not be a requirement as a recipient of this award, but students must be enrolled full-time with a declared major in one of the Physical Sciences departments.

The six departments in the Division of Physical Sciences are:

• Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

• Chemistry and Biochemistry

• Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

• Mathematics

• Physics and Astronomy

• Statistics

A scholarship subcommittee for Diversity in Physical Sciences, under the administration of the Dean for Physical Sciences, will rank applicants and select the finalists. Undergraduate students entering their junior year will be eligible to apply and winners will receive $15,000 towards their academic year and their summer research project.

To apply, students will be required to have a letter of support from a faculty sponsor. Additionally, students will be required to participate in the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) from the Undergraduate Research Center.

These scholarships will be merit-based only, and applicants must submit applications addressing the following three questions with 100-200 word responses:

  1. What are your plans for graduate school?
  2. Provide a list of academic papers, conferences, blogs or science books you found interesting
  3. Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how to encourage science education?

Finalists must be prepared to present their views on diversity and inclusion in science and agree to mentor other underrepresented students on science education.


Application form for the new cohort will open June 1st 2024

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on July 31st, 2024.


Please contact queensroadfellowship@college.ucla.edu.