About MIT Physics

 

Headquarters

Department of Physics, 4-304
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
tel: 617.253.4800
fax: 617.253.8554
email: physics@mit.edu

Academic Programs

Department of Physics, 4-315
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
tel: 617.253.4841
fax: 617.258.8319
email: physics@mit.edu
Undergraduate email:
physics-undergrad@mit.edu
Graduate email:
physics-grad@mit.edu

Diversity in the MIT Department of Physics

Women graduate students in the Margaret Wong Room.
Women graduate students in the Margaret Wong Room.

The MIT Physics Department is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and student populations to improve our excellence and to better serve the society that supports our work.

Like in many physics departments, white males are over-represented in our student and faculty populations.  There are several reasons to pursue change, seeking to increase the number of women and under-represented minorities in our community:

  • Broadening the talent pool increases the talent.
    At MIT we constantly strive for excellence in everything we do. Our level of excellence will be improved if we sample from the most inclusive population.
  • Attracting more students keeps us vital.
    The US needs more students trained in science. To walk our talk about education, we must be more inclusive.
  • Student prize winners with Prof. Bertschinger at NSBP/NSHP 2009.
    Student Prize winners with Prof. Bertschinger at NSBP/NSHP 2009.
  • A more inclusive atmosphere enhances the quality of life for everyone.
    Being a physicist is not easy. Improving the climate helps everyone be happier and more productive.
  • As the US becomes more diverse, we must evolve to remain relevant.
    White males are a decreasing minority in the US. The MIT mission statement calls us to serve the nation and the world.

Read an article on how the MIT Department of Physics is Diversifying physics.external link icon

Further resources for students, faculty and staff on diversity at MIT can be found here.