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:

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

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

WiPA normally meets once a month on Wednesdays, following the Physics & Astronomy colloquium. The schedule for meetings for the current academic year is included below. Other meetings and informal gatherings are scheduled based on student feedback and requests.

Schedule for 2017 – 2018

Meeting time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted.
Room: GL223 unless otherwise noted.
Refreshments including coffee, tea and snacks will be served.

Date Topics/Agenda Speaker(s)
9/13 –  Introduction to UA’s Women in Physics & Astronomy Group
– CUWiP Conference at University of Alabama
Preethi Nair
Claudia Mewes
10/11  Discussion with visiting Colloquium Speaker Christi Tremonti
University of Wisconsin Madison
10/25 Joint SPS/WiPA meeting: Discussion with visiting Colloquium Speaker Nicholas Suntzeff
11/15  Panel Discussion: Applying to REU programs and Graduate School  TBD
01/17  UA Career Center: Building Your Resume  TBD
02/02 Careers in Physics Panel Discussion  TBD
03/21 Discussion with visiting Colloquium Speaker  TBD
04/25  Telescope Observing at Gallalee Hall
(Moon: First quarter, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter)
 Preethi Nair

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/