Undergraduate Student Organization (USO)

Thank you for your interest in the HDFS Undergraduate Student Organization!

We welcome all individuals with an HDFS major or minor and hope that you will become an active member in the organization! We hold regular membership meetings once a month. Along with these monthly meetings, the officers meet weekly to plan events, which the student membership participates in.

We support a variety of annual events during Fall and Spring semesters, including Meet the Faculty, food drives for the Centre County Youth Services Bureau (CCYSB), and the annual de Lissovoy Alumni Lecture on Child Welfare. Along with these annual events, we also offer many other service-oriented and professional development events on campus. These have included volunteering for Penn State’s LifeLink, informational sessions on applying to graduate school, talks by potential internship and employment sites, and alumni networking events.

By being a member of the Angel group, you will receive activity announcements as well as see our schedule on the Angel calendar. The list of officers is also posted on Angel and you can contact them at any time to get more information. We do hope you will be involved in our upcoming events!

The Angel page also has information that we receive about research opportunities in the department, volunteer opportunities in the community, and undergraduate scholarship and funding opportunities that students can apply for. Search for group ‘HDFS Undergraduate Student Organization’ under the ANGEL Groups: Clubs category.

Also, become a member of our Facebook group by searching for ‘HDFS USO.’

Once again, thank you for your interest in the HDFS USO. We truly hope that you become a member of the organization and we wish you luck in your HDFS studies at Penn State!

Member Requirements

Participate in 1 volunteer activity each semester

Volunteering can include anything from donating time with children or the elderly to donating blood at a blood drive. Documentation is required when you participate in an activity outside of the USO and attendance is taken at USO volunteer events.


Officers are needed for the next calendar year. If you are a sophomore or junior and are interested in an officer position, please contact one of our officers or faculty advisers. To be eligible for an officer chair, you must be an HDFS major as well as in good standing with the organization (i.e., you have met the volunteerism requirements for the year).

Officers for 2015-2016

Faculty Adviser

Dr. Sarah Kollat


212 Health and Human Developement Building