A forum for women in physics and astronomy at all levels: professors, graduate and undergraduate students. We discuss our unique experiences as women studying and teaching science, in addition to providing a comfortable and friendly environment for those seeking help (that our collective wisdom provides!) on career development, growth and opportunities in our chosen fields.
Who are we? How to join?
Women...faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students
in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Women from the department
are added to a mailing list at the beginning of each academic year,
from then they should start receiving information and invitation to
meetings. If you want to be added to the list please contact Dr
We are currently looking for student officers (grad or undergrad) to drive the program of
our group. If you are interested please do contact Prof. Sandler.
If you have ideas or requests for new
activities: contact us.
Here are some ideas
on which a volunteer could help:
Undergrad: attend the Conference for Undergraduate Women in
Physics (CUWIP). Get ready for the 2023 APS Conferences for
Undergraduate Women in Physics, which will be held at 14
different universities across the United States and Canada! The
conferences will be held in person and onlineon January 20 - 22,
2023, and applications open in just a few days! CUWiP is an
opportunity to experience a professional conference, gain
information about graduate school and professions in physics, and
provide students access to other women in physics of all ages
with whom they can share experiences, advice, and
ideas. Applications openAugust 29. To learn more, visit:this
link. We have had multiple OU students attend and like
it. The department usually cover your transportation expense
while CUWIP covers your local expenses (hotel and food).
Microscope collects stories from women involved with science,
technology, engineering, and math with the goal of publishing a
survival guide for young women in science. Under the Microscope also
publishes news, tips, interviews and profiles.
Career Wise (ASU): CareerWISE helps women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs find ways to better manage the challenges in their immediate environments and expand personal skills for thriving in their future career environments. here
The group meets on a regular basis. Usually around lunch provided by
the department (thanks!). The idea is to create opportunity to talk about your
work, find out how to get things done at OU, eat lunch, and just get
to know each other better. Discuss physics, homework, teaching,
research, ... and maybe how that all fits into our lives.
Our meetings are informal: the topics listed below are only an
indication of what we spent some time talking about.
April 8, 2022: At the last meeting of the Spring semester WIPHA hosted Prof. Emerita Natalie Chieffe from the College of Business. (10 participants: 1 faculty member, 2 undergrads, 6 grads, 1 postdoc, 1 visiting professor, 1 external speaker). Prof. Chieffe talked about financial advice for women in general and students in particular. She gave advice on different types of investment strategies and offered to visit again!
February 25, 2022: We returned to in-person meetings in Clippinger (10 participants: 1 faculty member, 1 undergrad, 5 grads, 1 postdoc, 1 visiting professor, 1 external speaker). We hosted Prof. Michelle O'Malley from the Department of Linguistics at OU. We learned about the impact of cognitive and cultural/gender constructs on speech and language development.
January 28, 2022: Spring semester began with a zoom meeting again! (10 participants: 2 faculty members, 3 undergrads, and 5 graduates) We discussed potential topics to focus on future meetings among them: financial advice for graduating students, imposter syndrome, networking in the time of COVID, advice for introverts to network, zoom burnout, etc.
September 28, 2021: We resumed meetings with an informal chat on zoom. (6 participants: 4 graduate students and 2 faculty)
February 5, 2021: an informal meeting on zoom. (4
participants: 2 faculty members and 2 undergraduates)
June 22, 2020: a discussion of the movie "Picture a
scientist" (6 participants: 4 faculty members, 2 guests
faculty members and 1 grad student)
May 19, 2020: First WIPHA remote hang-out. (5 participants: 3
faculty members, 1 grad and 1 undergrad)
February 28, 2020: Meeting with E. Bertschinger (MIT). (15
participants, including 4 faculty members, 1 guest and 3
February 7, 2020: Ohio University Resources (12 participants
including 2 faculty members and 2 undergraduate students).
January 17, 2020: Working in collaboration. (16 participants including
5 faculty members, 4 graduate students and 7 undergraduate
students. Meeting open to all)
November 22, 2019: Book club (21 participants). Books
November 9, 2019: WIPHA participates in the P&A open house
with two activities: a PHYSICS ESCAPE ROOM and a booth open
CAREERS IN PHYSICS.
October 25, 2019: Meeting with Dr. Zainuriah Hassan
(Universiti Sains Malaysia), recipient of the 2019 College of Art
and Science Notable Alumni Award (A&S
forum story). Dr Hassan talked about her career (17
participants, inclusing Dr Hassan and 3 faculty members).
October 18, 2019: "Voice and Speech presentation for improved
pronunciation, vocal resonance, power and range" presented by Ms
Parrotti (10 participants including a guest speaker, 4 faculty
members, 1 undergraduate student)
September 27, 2019: Get to know each others (17 participants
including 2 undergrads, 4 faculty members and 1 alumna)
May 18, 2019: Participation to TechSaavy OU-2019. Held two
one-hour workshop named "Physics escape room". Tech Savvy is a one-day science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) conference for 6th-9th grade girls and their guardians.
April 2019: Book club (13 participants: including 4 males,
one guest, 4 faculty members). Books discussed:
Mapping the Heavens by Dr. P. Natarajan
Silent Sky by L. Gunderson
March 2019: 8 participants (including 3 undergrads, 3 grad
and 2 faculty members), topics discussed: the DNP allies program
and Tech Savvy preparation.
February 2019: 13 participants, topics discussed: recent participation to
CUWIP, letter of recommendations and preparation for TechSavvy.
December 2018: 7 participants (including 1 fac, 4 undergrad,
two guests, 3 regrets), topic discussed: 3 ETHICS case studies
proposed by APS physics.
November 2018, Book club: 14 participants (including 4 males,
5 fac and 5 grad students). Book discussed:
The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People
Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
by Dr V. Young
The Madame Curie complex: the hidden history of women in
science by V. des Jardins
September 2018: 9 participants (including 2 ung and 2 fac, 1
regret), topic discussed: being a minority in our P&A department
April 2018: 13 participants, topic discussed: Women who