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Women in Physics and Related Fields

About WiP+

WiP+ is an informal group of women (primarily) supporting other women in the fields of Physics, Astronomy, Applied and Engineering Physics, Biophysics, and other related fields.  Everyone, ranging from prospective majors through faculty and staff, is invited to participate.  This is the current incarnation of the first women in physics group that was started here at Cornell in the fall of 1976.

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WiP+ Coffee Hour

Every other Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 in PSB 403. Day/time may change at the start of the fall semester.

6/14, 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23

Fall 2017 Women Speakers

  • October 2:  Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Alyssa Goodman, Harvard

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  • October 16:  Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Margaret Murnane, JILA, University of Colorado (Bethe Lecture)

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  • October 18:  Public Bethe Lecture (Rockefeller 201, 7:30-8:30pm) Margaret Murnane, JILA, University of Colorado (Bethe Lecture)

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  • November 6: Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Nadya Mason, University of Illinois at Urbabn-Champaign

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  • November 20:  Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Julia Thom-Levy, Cornell University


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Did You Know?

  • In 1895, Carolyn Baldwin Morrison, was awarded the first Doctor of Science degree in the United States by Cornell University for her work in Physics. 
  • The first woman faculty member to be hired in College of Arts and Sciences was Martha Stahr Carpenter in 1947 as a radio astronomer in the Astronomy department.
  • Lois Pollack became first woman director of Applied and Engineering Physics in 2014.

Find out more.


What do Scientists Look Like?

Meet our Students

AEP student Megan Holtz says "I liked physics – understanding the fundamentals behind how the universe works – and I also wanted to do something applicable that would make a difference in the world. I was concerned about global warming and so I became interested in renewable energy, which is in part an engineering problem."

Read more about Megan here.

“I've enjoyed the chance to meet people with different perspectives and beliefs”

Brenna Mockler
Physics 2016

Katherine Spoth says "I participated in the CHESS REU at Cornell during one summer of my undergrad - both my first experience with experimental research and my first visit to Cornell! I came to AEP for my PhD because I wanted to come back to Cornell after my REU experience, and the research in the department really appealed to me."  Read more about Katherine here.

Sarah Marie Bruno '16 says research in the labs of Professors Carl Franck and Michael Niemack was the "highlight of my experience as a physics major at Cornell. For the first time, you are trying to answer a question to which no one yet knows the answer! This is exciting!"

Click here to read more about Sarah's experiences.

Former AEP student Pinshane Huang began her Cornell journey as an REU student working with the Buhrman group.  Read more about her story here. She is now Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.