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Women in Physics and Astronomy

Upcoming Events


Coffee with Colloquium Speaker

WiPA is invited to meet with colloquium speaker Dr. Victoria Kaspi for coffee and breakfast. Her colloquium topic is “Astronomy's Newest Extragalactic Mystery: Fast Radio Bursts,” and she is also our speaker for the annual Kaufmanis Lecture next Wednesday.


WiPA Alumnae Dinner

WiPA invites current women grad students, postdocs, and faculty to enjoy dinner and networking together with alumnae from the graduate physics and astronomy programs.


Communication and Negotiation Skills Workshop

Professor Laura McCullough will be visiting from UW-Stout to host a professional skills seminar for WiPA grad students and postdocs. Professional Skills Development Seminars are highly interactive workshops where participants will learn and practice communication and negotiation skills. The seminar will focus on the skills that women need to effectively perform research and thrive in physics, including how to:

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Past WiPA Meetings & pictures

2015-2016: meetings | pictures
2014-2015: meetings | pictures
2013-2014: meetings | pictures
2012-2013: meetings | pictures
2011-2012: meetings | pictures
2010-2011: meetings | pictures
2009-2010: meetings | pictures
2008-2009: meetings | pictures
2007-2008: meetings | pictures
2006-2007: meetings | pictures
2005-2006: meetings | pictures
2004-2005: meetings | pictures

WIPA T-shirt

WiPA Tshirt


Graduate School Resources

Interested in graduate school? Planning for graduate studies in Physics and related fields is a good resource from the American Association of Physics Teachers.


Articles on Women in Science

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Contact Us
2017-2018 Officers
Email: wipa@umn.edu
Kate Ciampa (Coordinator)
Fei Chen
Kaylee Ganser
Brenda Knauber
Lis Stolik Valor
Women In Physics And Astronomy
Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 201-06
116 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0112

Mission Statement

The Women in Physics and Astronomy (WiPA) group was established to raise awareness throughout the entire school of not only the important contributions women have made and continue to make in physics and astronomy, but also about the various mechanisms that make it difficult for women to make those contributions. Planned activities raise the visibility of women within the school and encourage interactions amongst female graduate students, faculty and/or research associates. It is hoped that the Women in Physics and Astronomy group will encourage a respectful climate for women in the school.