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The College of Arts Sciences

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 Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 in PSB 403.

6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24

Fall 2018 Women Speakers

  • September 17:  Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University

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  • October 22:  Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Jean Carlson, UC Santa Barbara

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  • November 12: Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Michelle Wang, Cornell University

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  • November 19: Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Lena Kourkoutis, 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.

Cari Cesarotti: "I am walking away from Cornell with a call to action to do my part in ending injustices."

Learn more about Cari Cesarotti.