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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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          October 16th:  Dinner with Bethe Lecturer Margaret Murnane.  (Baker Portico, 6:15pm)  Space is limited. RSVP required.

          November 6th:  Breakfast with colloquium speaker Nadya Mason. (PSB 401, 8:00am)

          November 20th:  Post colloquium reception with colloquium speaker Julia Thom-Levy hosted by WiP+ (PSB 403 following colloquium)

WiP+ Coffee Hour

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

10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13

Fall 2017 Women Speakers

                Title: The Dark Web of Star Formation

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

                Title: Science at the Timescale of the Electron:  Coherent X-ray Beams from Tabletop Femtosecond Lasers

  • October 17:  LASSP and A&EP Seminar (Clark 700, 12:20-1:45pm) Margaret Murnane, JILA, University of Colorado

      Titile: Capturing the Fastest Charge and Spin Dynamics in Nanosystems using Tabletop High Harmonic Beams

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

                Title: Harnessing Quantum Light Science for Tabletop X-Ray Lasers with Applications in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

     Title:  How Biomolecules Behave in Squeeze

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

      Title: TBA

     Title: TBA

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


  • November 7 LASSP and A&EP Seminar (Clark 700, 12:20-1:45pm) Nandini Trivedi, The Ohio State University

     Title: TBA


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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.

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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.