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UC Santa Cruz Women in Physics & Astrophysics (WiPA) strives to bring together all individuals interested in working toward a balanced and diverse community in physics and astronomy, bettering ourselves and the department.


The UC Santa Cruz Society of Physics Students is a community that aims to represent the interests of the physics student body, to provide a social environment for it, and to provide academic resources to facilitate the success of its students. In particular, it is crucial for SPS to recognize and combat the continual underrepresentation of women, people of color, international, and LGBTQ+ students in STEM and facilitate an environment where physics students can thrive academically, professionally, and socially.


Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at UC Santa Cruz is an organization run by graduate students, which welcomes the participation of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The overarching goal of WiSE is to advance women in the STEM fields both in percentage and position, in the face of historical, present, and future challenges. To achieve this goal, WiSE uses a strategy of recruitment and retention: we seek to increase the participation of women in the STEM fields, as well as to enable the advancement and success of women in these fields.

Physics Colloquium

Physics Department Colloquia are scheduled from 3:20 pm-4:55 pm on Thursdays in Nat Sci Annex 101. Please check the colloquium calendar for room location. Cookies and coffee are served at 3:20pm in the interactive area on the second floor of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Bldg, followed by the seminar at 3:45pm in Physical Sciences 114.

Physics Forum

Physics Forum is a weekly, informal meeting for physics graduates, undergraduates, and enthusiasts. We aim to promote an atmosphere of inclusion in the Physics department, and encourage discussion between physicists of all levels.

In this environment, any number of topics might be discussed...and really, nothing is off the table. Some examples include homework help, physics colloquia, graduate school applications, research opportunities, outreach opportunities, programming, LaTeX, puzzles, math, philosophy...the list goes on.

Again, all are welcome! Teach, learn, mingle, and eat our food!


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