Undergraduate Women in Physics


Faculty dinners

UWIP's primary social events are faculty dinners. Faculty we've had the pleasure of dining with include Jan Egedal, Nergis Mavalvala, Alan Guth, Scott Hughes, Allan Adams, Nuh Gedik, Martin Zwierlein, Krishna Rajagopal, Jocelyn Monroe, Ed Bertschinger, Barton Zwiebach, Joe Formaggio, Janet Conrad, John McGreevy, Robert Jaffe, Max Tegmark, Enectali Figueroa, Peter Dourmashkin, Jesse Thaler, Eddie Farhi, Peter Fisher, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, John Belcher, Alex van Oudenaarden, David Pritchard, and Deepto Chakrabarty.

Upcoming events

Past events

JLAB Information Session

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 5:00PM

Location: PCR

Come ask upperclassmen all your questions about JLAB and see research projects written by recent students. Food provided!

Graduate School Panel

Date: Monday, April 24, 5:00PM

Location: 4-163

Have you ever wondered about the process of applying to grad school? Are you unsure about the importance of letters of recommendation or the GRE? Or are you pondering what else you can do after college with a course 8 major? Come to UWIP’s Spring Graduate School Panel to get answers to these and more questions from the Class of 2017! Food (dumplings) will be provided!

The Neutrino Monologues

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 5:00PM

Location: 2-105

Hear this week's colloquium speaker, Deborah Harris (Fermilab), recount the colorful history of neutrinos, from their earliest appearance in the 1900's through today and beyond. Dinner provided!

UWIP General Body Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 5:00PM

Location: 8-329

We will discuss faculty dinners, outreach programs, study breaks, and more! Dinner will also be served!

Women in Aerospace + Undergraduate Women in Physics Mixer

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00PM

Location: 33-218

​Join Women in Aerospace and Undergraduate Women in Physics for a social mixer! The mixer will begin at 7pm in 33-218​. We'll have dinner (Thai and dumplings!) with vegetarian/vegan options available.

Location: 8-329

Not sure if course 8 is for you? Or already set on being a physics major? Either way... Come join Course 8 upperclassmen and enthusiasts to discuss spring registration, summer opportunities, and future plans. Snacks will be provided.

Finals Lunch

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:15PM

Location: PCR

Join UWIP and SPS next Monday, December 14th for lunch after 8.01, 8.012, 8.02, 8.022, 8.05, and any other Monday morning finals you might have! Come to the PCR at 12:15pm for bagels and cof$

8.012/8.022 Q&A

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:00-9:00PM

Location: PCR

UWIP is hosting a Q&A session for you before the 8.012 and 8.022 exams on Tuesday. Stop by with questions! There will be food.

Q&A with Suchitra Sebastian

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015, 4:00PM

Location: 8-205

UWIP is sponsoring a Q&A session with this week's speaker for the David and Edith Harris Physics Colloquium Series! Dr. Suchitra Sebastian is a Royal Society University Research Fello$

"Electrons traversing momentum space orbits in conducting materials yield classic signatures in transport and thermodynamic properties as a function of magnetic field. These undulatory$

Movie Night: A Most Serious Man

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00PM

Location: 1-246

Come to our first movie night of the year! We will have popcorn and drinks and other snacks! Come meet your UWIP exec board and other undergraduates in course 8. Ask questions, get answers, make friends, eat food and watch a movie about a struggling physics professor (they're just like us!)

Movie Synopsis of "A Serious Man": Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

Hacking Science Demo

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2015, 2:00PM-5:00PM

Location: TBA

Cambridge Science Festival: Celebrating Einstein - Einstein in the Classroom

Date: Feb-March, 2015

Location: Middle and high schools in the greater Boston area

"Celebrating Einstein" is a series of events and activities taking place before and during the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival to mark the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, his greatest scientific legacy.

As part of the program’s educational outreach component, we are proud to participate in Einstein in the Classroom. Engaging with a number of middle and high schools in the greater Boston area, local physics students, post docs, and professors culled from local universities and colleges will offering physics activities in various classrooms between February and March 2015 covering relativity, spacetime curvature, the life cycles of stars, the relative sizes of the objects that occupy the observable universe!

3rd Annual PhysEx - Physics Exploration Day

Date and time: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00AM-5:00PM

Location: PCR

UWIP hosted its 3rd annual outreach event for high school students in grades 9-12, an opportunity for students to learn what it means to be a physicist and what it is like to study at MIT. High school students also have a unique opportunity to tour MIT physics labs, hear talks from MIT faculty and graduate students, and participate in exciting physics-related activities. UWIP members share advice about college, life, and physics - as well as delicious LN2 ice cream - with the participants!

Learn more about the program and how you can join, or help out if you are an MIT student, HERE.

MIT-Draper Laboratory Science on Saturday

Date and time: Saturday, Feb 7, 2015, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium (48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139)

What laws of physics are behind how rockets work, or how lightning bolts work? Would you like to see those demonstrated on stage?

Science on Saturday is a free 60-minute presentation with lots of fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer. It is free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. Hands-on activity booths are available to students after the show. No pre-registration is required, but seating is limited - first come, first seated. Parental/adult escort is required for all children under 12.

PhysEx: Physics Exploration Day for Girls

Date and time: Sunday, Apr 6, 2014, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Location: PCR

Charles at PhysEx

PhysEx is an opportunity for high school girls (and guys!) to learn about becoming a physicist. Students will have the chance to see the in’s-and-out’s of the life of a female, physics major at MIT.

You can learn more about PhysEx here.

Women in Academia Panel

Date and time: Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013, 5:00-6:45 PM

Location: 10-250

Women in Academia Panel Banner

Listen to Professors Susan Hockfield, Barbara Liskov, Paola Cappellaro and Molly Potter share their insights on women in academia.

Undergraduate Women in Physics presents an interdisciplinary panel of MIT leaders, held in honor of Professor Dresselhaus's contributions to women and junior faculty. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Edmund Bertschinger, the institute Community and Equity Chair.

This is the chance to have your questions answered by distinguished women faculty at MIT. A reception with the panelists will follow the discussion and Q&A session.