Women in Physics & Astronomy 2021-2022

WiPA September-2013-MeetWelcome to the UA Women in Physics & Astronomy group! We welcome all undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in physics, astronomy, and related STEM fields. Our goals are:

  • to foster connections between undergraduates, graduate, and female physicists at all career stages;
  • to encourage the participation, recruitment, and retention of women in physics;
  • to explore opportunities for physicists in academia, K-12 education, and industry.

The faculty members involved in WiPA are:

Undergraduate organizers are:

  • Kaitlyn Hemauer – president of WiPA UG
  • Tiffany McHenry – secretary of WiPA UG

Graduate organizers are:

  • TBD

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

WiPA normally meets once a month. The schedule for meetings for the current academic year is included below. (The group will not meet in person for Fall 2021. )

Schedule for 2021 – 2022

Meeting time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays unless otherwise noted.
Room: GL 223 unless otherwise noted.
Refreshments including coffee, tea and snacks will be served.

Spring 2022

Date Topics/Agenda Speaker(s)
02/24/22 Welcome to WiPA – intro + organizational meeting
03/10/22 Research Opportunities for undergrads
03/31/22 General Meeting
04/13/22 “Dinner and a show-cial”
04/28/22 General Meeting


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 (CWP)

For information on noted female physicists of the 20th century please visit UCLA’s CWP library.