Columbia Society for Women in Physics: Events

Columbia Society for Women in Physics meetings generally take place once a month in the Pupin Hall Theory Center on the 8th floor. Our meetings are held on a changing weekday at 6pm. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctorates are all welcome, and we are encourage all those who study or work in physics to join, even if they are affiliated with a different department (for example Astronomy, Material Sciences, Applied Physics, etc). Dinner is provided. If you would like to attend it would be helpful to RSVP to the contact for the event, but all are welcome regardless.

Next events
Date:  Thursday, April 27th, 6pm
Place: Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor of Pupin
Description: For this meeting we would like to extend the conversation and invite anyone who identifies as an ally or who is simply interested in getting to know our group and be involved in the conversation about underrepresented groups in physics. Over the course of this year, we have discussed the articles below. We found them to be both interesting and informative and feel that the wider community could benefit from reading and discussing them. The articles we will discuss regard 1) impostor syndrome (link here) 2) underrepresented groups and LGBT representation in physics  (link 1link 2)  and 3) the "John/Jennifer" study regarding gender bias (link 1link 2). Feel free to join even if you did not have time to read them, as we will be giving a (brief) summary of the material. Food and drink will be provided.
 
Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Place: TBD (on campus)
Description: The world science festival is a week long public science festival that takes place in New York annually. This year, as part of the festival, CSWP will host a panel and Q&A for high school girls interested in science. They will later go on to take lab tours at Columbia. We are looking for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs to serve on the panel. Please reach out if you are interested!
 
Recent events
Date:  Tuesday, April 13th at 10:30 am
Place: Rabi Room, Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor of Pupin
Description: This is a general meeting - come take a break, catch up, and discuss the semester! We will have croissants and juice.
 
Date:  Monday, March 20th at 8:20 am
Place: Rabi Room, Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor of Pupin
Description: Breakfast with revisiting, prospective graduate students during Columbia's Open House
 
Date:  Monday, March 6th at 6::00 pm
Place: Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor of Pupin
Description: This will be a casual gathering to meet new friends in physics and catch up with old ones! Undergraduate, graduate student and post-docs are welcome. Food and drink will be provided.
 
Date:  Wednesday, December 14th at 6pm
Place: Rabi Room in the Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor of Pupin
Description: For this meeting we would like to extend the conversation and invite anyone who identifies as a member of an underrepresented group in physics — whether based on gender, ethnicity, orientation, or otherwise — to join us. We will be looking at scientific articles that focus on race and orientation in physics and other STEM fields. The articles we will discuss are listed below. If you don’t get the chance to read them ahead of time, we will provide a summary. Stats about minority representation in physics: https://www.aps.org/programs/minorities/resources/statistics.cfm, racial minorities receive fewer grants in science: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/333/6045/1015 (more recently see http://www.nature.com/news/nih-to-probe-racial-disparity-in-grant-awards-1.15740), APS climate report for LGBT physicists: https://www.aps.org/programs/lgbt/upload/LGBTClimateinPhysicsReport.pdfFood and drink will be provided.
Contact: ct2673@columbia.edu
 
Date:  Monday, November 14th at 11:00 am
Place: Rabi Room in the Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor of Pupin
Description: We will have a special guest: Professor Asimina Arvanitaki from the Perimeter Institute. Professor Arvanitaki is visiting Columbia to give the Theory Seminar later in the afternoon. She will join CSWP in the morning for a casual conversation about her career and research. We will have pastries and juice for a mid-morning treat!
Contact: hlm2124@columbia.edu
 
Date:  Wednesday, October 19th at 6pm
Place: Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor of Pupin
Description: In this meeting we will discuss scientific papers that examine gender bias in STEM fields. We will focus in particular on the landmark study http://www.pnas.org/content/109/41/16474.full.pdf (see also http://www.yalescientific.org/2013/02/john-vs-jennifer-a-battle-of-the-sexes/), where identical applications for STEM jobs were sent out, except for the fact that half had a male applicant name, John, and half were for a female applicant, Jennifer. Professors were asked to evaluate how competent the applicant was, and how much they would pay him/her. We will also look at a recent study which looks at postdoctoral reference letters (http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2819.html) and a summary article via Nature News (http://www.nature.com/news/inequality-quantified-mind-the-gender-gap-1.12550#hurdles). There will be food ad drinks.
Contact: hlm2124@columbia.edu
 
Date:  Thursday, September 8th at 6 pm
Place: Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor of Pupin
Description: This will be our Fall kickoff meeting. We will get to know new members of the community plus discuss plans for the semester and how to get involved. There will be food and drinks.
Contact: hlm2124@columbia.edu
 
Date:  Wednesday, June 1st at 6pm
Place: Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor or meet in front of Pupin (weather permitting, keep an eye out for an email)
Description: This will be our summer kickoff meeting! We will discuss summer plans, research and otherwise. We will also discuss previous summer experiences and how to find valuable summer research opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoc levels.
RSVP: hlm2124@columbia.edu by Tuesday, May 31st 2016
 
Date: Monday, May 2nd 2016 at 6pm
Place: Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor
Description: For this meeting we will have a special guest: Professor Rachel Rosen from our own department. Moreover, we will discuss a special topic: the impostor syndrome. If you want to know more about it, you can read these inspiring articles on this issue (though not necessary!):
 
RSVP:  cez2103@columbia.edu by Sunday, May 1st 2016

 

Date: Wednesday, April 6th 2016 at 6pm
Place: Pupin Theory Center, 8th floor
Description: We would like to introduce our new student/ postdoc group, the Columbia Society for Women in Physics (CSWP). This our first meeting. Undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs in physics are welcome; you do not need to be a declared major to participate. It will be an informal social event, and the goal for the first month is just to meet and get to know each other!
RSVP: cez2103@columbia.edu by Friday, April 8th 2016