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About GWIP


Graduate Womxn in Physics (GWIP) aims to build community and support gender diversity among physics graduate students at MIT. We use the umbrella term "womxn" (pronounced wi-muhn) to indicate that transgender women, cisgender women, non-binary people, and gender diverse physics graduate students are all welcome in GWIP.


GWIP hosts a number of social, academic, and outreach events throughout the year. We share casual meals every two weeks. Our faculty advisor, Prof. Anna Frebel, leads a series of career development workshops. We also run a mentoring program with the MIT Undergraduate Womxn in Physics (UWIP) and have regular joint social events with UWIP. Other outreach activities include volunteering with MIT's Splash!, the MIT Museum (Girls Day, Science on Saturday), and Conferences for Undergraduate Womxn in Physics (CUWiP).


Each semester, GWIP hosts a speaker in the MIT David and Edith Harris Physics Colloquium Series. There is also a GWIP travel grant to cover expenses to send students to conferences each year. We hold joint dinners annually with the Harvard Graduate Womxn in Physics. Additionally, we organize several social outings a year, including apple picking, beach trips, movies, and more!


GWIP occasionally endorses proposals in the MIT community. An endorsement represents that a 2/3 majority of members voting on the proposal, with a minimum of 10 total votes required, approved an endorsement.


All members of GWIP contribute to planning and organizing our events. Additional positions are listed below.