Physicists for Inclusion in Science

(formerly Women in Physics)


Physicists for Inclusion in Science ("PhIS", pronounced "fizz") grew out the "Women in Physics" group. We support members of underrepresented groups as they pursue their careers. The group meets several times a term for discussion and to organize events and activities. The group consists of students, faculty and staff in the Physics department, alumni, and other physicists on campus or in the community. The student members formally constitute the student club, "Women in Physics", soon to be renamed "Physicists for Inclusion in Science". The 2017/18 officers are MacKenzie Lenz (President), Kelby Hahn (Vice President), Jess Armstrong (Treasurer), Maggie Lewis (Secretary). Email them at

Webpage: Find us on our webpage
Facebook: Find us on Facebook

CUWiP: The WiP group hosted the 2016 Conference on Undergraduate Women in Physics, sponsored by APS/NSF/DoE.


Oregon State University's Physics Department has six women faculty members! Corinne Manogue, Janet Tate, Oksana Ostroverkhova, Liz Gire, Kathy Hadley, and Heidi Schellman, who is the Head of the Department. We have cutting-edge research and state-of the-art equipment in the department, and we foster students' professional development in every way we can. The department has a novel upper-division physics curriculum, the Paradigms in Physics program, directed by Corinne Manogue. This program emphasizes the unity of physics and implements active engagement and group problem-solving. Our introductory courses also use active engagement methods and we have a Studio Physics version of the introductory course. 

Our department encourages and fosters the ambition of women in physics, and offers exciting forefront research opportunities that can lead to varied and interesting careers.  The College of Science and the Department of Physics have been proactive in recruiting women faculty, and dual hires are common.  (See Physics Today, July 1999, for a discussion of dual career hiring issues in Physics.)

Graduate Students

We have about 40 graduate students, most of whom pursue Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in experimental or theoretical solid state physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, computational physics, or physics education. Classes from other departments such as Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry, Oceanography, Science Education, may be incorporated into the graduate programs.

Undergraduate Students

We award about 20 B.S. degrees in Physics each year. Our Paradigms in Physics curriculum is innovative and fun. Students learn to think about physics the way professionals do. We use many different pedagogies such as group activities, integrated laboratories, computer visualization. There is a strong cohort and the atmosphere is very supportive. There are opportunities for research - all students complete a senior thesis. Recent OSU graduates are enrolled in graduate schools all over the country: Arizona State University, Princeton, UCLA, U. C. Santa Cruz, University of New Mexico, Washington State University, University of Washington, and Cornell.  Others have jobs in high tech industry: Hewlett Packard, FEI, Cascade Microtech, to name a few in Oregon.  Advanced undergraduates have an opportunity to be teaching assistants in our introductory courses.

Other Local Women & Minorities in Science Programs

Information for and about Women & Minorities in Science and Technology

Fellowships and Scholarships

Some of the information below was obtained from OSU's Research Office. Contact them at 737-3437 for more details, and for information about many other fellowship opportunities for both men and women. The Physics Department main office and the Women in Physics bulletin board (opposite the main office) also have information.

AAUW Educational Foundation, Fellowships and Grants. Several fellowships and grants are available for women in doctoral and post-doctoral studies for advanced study nationally and internationally. Deadlines vary. 
Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards for Women. 
NSF Graduate Fellowships. 
National Physical Sciences Consortium Graduate Fellowships.

Discussion rooms and mailing lists

WIPHYS moderated by the American Physical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP): job postings, discussions about issues relating to women in physics. Moderated list (bulletins every week or two weeks)


Everyone needs a job sometime! Physicists are extraordinarily versatile and have found careers from the traditional ones in academia to those in finance and medicine. Talk to faculty members, other graduate students who are currently seeking jobs, and search the internet. Personal contact is important, but resume posting services can sometimes be very helpful.  We also have a page on the mentor wiki devoted to the job search.

Job postings

American Physical Society 
AIP/Physics Today Science, Math, and Engineering Careers



The Pacific Northwest

is a great place to live. Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA have a large density of high-tech employers, and Corvallis has Hewlett-Packard Company's largest research center outside of California, along with many smaller technical companies.

National Labs

are required to post open jobs - sometimes these postings are hidden in subdivision pages.

Lawrence Livermore 
Lawrence Berkeley 
Pacific Northwest 
Oak Ridge 
Los Alamos

Bits and Pieces:

Laura Greene is the 2017 president of the American Physical Society, only the 6th woman to hold the position in the 119-year history of the APS. She follows Chien-Shiung Wu (1975), Mildred Dresselhaus (1984), Myriam Sarachik (2003), Helen Quinn (2004) and Cherry A. Murray (2009).

Here's an interview with laser physicist Margaret Murnane, MacArthur "Genius" Award winner.

Previous Officers:

2017-2018: MacKenzie Lenz (President), Kelby Hahn (Vice President), Jess Armstrong (Treasurer), Maggie Lewis (Secretary). Advisor: Janet Tate

2016-2017: Allison Gicking (President), Nicole Quist (Vice President), Jess Armstrong (Treasurer), Heather Hill (Secretary). Advisor: Janet Tate