WiPS strives to hold an official event every 2-3 weeks during academic terms. We organize a variety of events including social events, professional events, invited speakers, and outreach events. Our events are the main way WiPS works toward creating a supportive community.
WiPS members show off their pumpkin decorating skills at our Fall 2011 Welcome Event.
Many of our events are social events. In the fall we hold a larger ‘Welcome!’ event to kick off the new school year. In the past, we’ve done pumpkin decorating or tie dying. We love hosting movie and board game nights. This year, we’re also looking forward to organizing some restaurant trips. Although not funded by WiPS, they are a fun way for us to try new restaurants and explore Philadelphia together.
We organize lunches and meet-and-greets with female grad students and faculty in the physics department so that WiPS members have a chance to meet women in all stages of their careers. WiPS also tries to host a faculty speaker once a term so that our members can find out about all of the exciting research going on at Drexel! We sometimes also arrange for WiPS members to meet with the physics department’s colloquium speaker that week in a small group setting. Additionally, WiPS encourages members to attend the Northeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics.
WiPS members and Drexel physics faculty and graduate students join Dr. Meg Urry for a special breakfast.
Once a year, WiPS invites a female physicist from outside of the Drexel community to join us for a special event. In 2012, WiPS invited Dr. Meg Urry, Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, to present a special colloquium at Drexel about the role women in play in physics and the issues they still face. WiPS also sponsored a breakfast and discussion session attended by Drexel physics faculty, grad students, and undergraduates. We had the privilege of meeting Dr. Urry at the 2012 Northeast Conference for Undergraduate Women (NCUWiP) and were so inspired by her, that we wanted others at Drexel to have the opportunity to meet her. WiPS is looking forward to hosting another invited speaker sometime during the 2013-14 academic year.
Future Faces of Physics Outreach
WiPS was very excited to partner with the Society of Physics Students (SPS) during the 2012-13 academic year to apply for the SPS National Future Faces of Physics Grant. This award supports "projects designed to promote physics across cultures”. With this grant, we were able to teach 5 different sections of physics classes for a day at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls. Several WiPS and SPS volunteers presented awesome hands-on physics demos about magnetism and thermodynamics in order to get the students excited about physics, and then concluded with a discussion about what life in college is like as a science major. We hope that we can serve as positive role models to younger girls and encourage them to pursue their interests in science. WiPS is definitely looking forward to organizing a similar event during the upcoming year!