Welcome to the UA Women in Physics & Astronomy group! WiPA September-2013-MeetWe welcome all undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in Physics, Astronomy and related fields. Our goals are:
— to encourage the participation, recruitment, and retention of women in physics,
— to foster connections between undergraduates and female physicists at all career stages and
— to explore opportunities for physicists in academia, K-12 education and industry.

The faculty members involved in WiPA are:

Dawn Williamsdrwilliams3@ua.edu
Claudia Mewescmewes@mint.ua.edu
Preethi Nair –  preethi.nair@ua.edu
Adam Hauser  – ahauser@ua.edu

We encourage undergraduate and graduate women to become active participants and organizers of WiPA meetings.

WiPA normally meets once a month. This semester we will meet on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Other meetings and informal gatherings are scheduled based on student feedback and requests. The schedule for meetings for the current academic year is included below.

Schedule for 2018 – 2019

Meeting time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays unless otherwise noted.
Room: GL 223 unless otherwise noted.
Refreshments including coffee, tea and snacks will be served.

Date Topics/Agenda Speaker(s)
GL 227
Introduction to UA’s Women in Physics & Astronomy Group
– CUWiP Conference at University of Alabama
Preethi Nair
Claudia Mewes
10/24 Joint SPS/WiPA meeting: Discussion with visiting Colloquium Speaker on LIGO, gravitational waves etc. Laura Cadonati
10/31 Joint SPS/WiPA meeting: Discussion with visiting Colloquium Speaker Sara Majetich
11/? Joint SPS/WiPA meeting

Panel Discussion: Applying to REU programs and Graduate School

Current undergraduate and graduate students
01/18 – 01/20  Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
03/14  Telescope Observing at Gallalee Hall
(Quarter Moon)
04/24 Joint SPS/WiPA meeting: Discussion with visiting Colloquium Speaker  Jessica Werk

Archive of previous WiPA meetings

Resources for Women in Physics

American Physical Society – Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

APS CUWiP are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors. The goal of APS CUWiP is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.

A typical program will include research talks by faculty, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research talks, a student poster session, and several meals during which presenters and students interact with each other.

The meetings take place every MLK weekend at 10 locations simultaneously  across the US and Canada.

UA Women in STEM Experience (WiSE)

WiSE (Women in STEM Experience) is an initiative that seeks to support women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through mentorship and networking in the hopes of narrowing the existing gender gap in STEM studies and careers. Through WiSE, students studying science and math related fields have the opportunity to network with peers, faculty, alumni, and professionals. These connections are designed to help students develop skills in professionalism and build confidence in their career pursuits.

4000 Years of Women in Science

Did you know? Science is a traditional role for women. Dr. Deborah Crocker at the University of Alabama and Dr. Sethanne Howard retired from the US Naval Observatory are chronicling the contributions of all the wonderful women of our past at 4000 Years of Women in Science

20th Century Women in Physics

For information on noted female physicists of the 20th century please visit: http://cwp.library.ucla.edu/