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.

Contact Us:     WiP+ in the News     Resources     Articles/Blogs/Videos     History


WiP+ Coffee Hour: (minus the coffee until Covid regulations change) Every other Friday from 2-3pm in PSB 403:

                10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17 (The schedule may change after this semester.)


Women Speakers:

        9/13/2021 (Physics Colloquium, 4pm-5pm Schwartz Auditorium): Caterina Vernieri, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

        9/20/2021 (Physics Colloquium, 4pm-5pm Schwartz Auditorium): Mary James, Reed College (Kieval Lecture)

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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?

In the news:

"She made the discovery, but a man got the Nobel. A half-century later, she’s won a $3 million prize." The Washington Post. 9/8/2018.

"Three major physics discoveries and counting." Quanta Magazine. 7/18/18.

"Dark Matter Pioneer, Rubin ’51, Dies at 88."  The Cornell Daily Sun. 12/28/16.

"The Bright Face Behind the Dark Side of Galaxies." Science. 2.8.02.

Meet our Students

When Berit Goodge came to Cornell to earn her Ph.D. in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP), she was simply following the roadmap she’d laid out in 4th grade. “I was a pretty precocious child,” says Goodge. “Both of my parents are academics so I knew what grad school was before I really knew what high school was. I came home one day from 4th grade and announced that I would be going to Carleton College and then on to grad school for my Ph.D.”  Read more of her story here.

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.

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."

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

Brenna Mockler
Physics 2016

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.

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."