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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 […]

Mission Statement

Currently, only 20% of physics degrees are held by women. Similarly, approximately 11% of Bachelor’s degrees and 7% of PhDs are held by underrepresented minorities in physics. We aim to significantly increase the number of female and underrepresented minority physics majors on campus by providing an inclusive community, professional development opportunities, and mentorship for any […]

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2020/21 Officers

Kasey Yoke, Noah Vaughan, Georgia Carroll, Christian D Solorio, Gina Mayonado, Abbie Glickman, Pedram Esfahani, and Okan Agirseven.

2019/20 Group Photo

PhIS is still running but with a social distancing model! How can we help you during these trying times? If you have an idea for a project, event, or anything else that you want to see PhIS take on, we’d love to hear from you! Please follow this link to our poll for sharing your […]

Winter 2020 Book Club

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

2019/20 Officers

Acacia Patterson, Gina Mayonado, Abbie Glickman, Mattia Carbonaro, Davide Lazzati, Jaden Downing, Georgia Carroll, Kelby Hahn, Kasey Yoke, Maggie Greenwood, MacKenzie Lenz, Heather Hill, Nicole Quist, and Kyle Vogt.

Summer Update 2019

Physicists for Inclusion in Science (PhIS) had a fun and productive summer! We participated in and hosted a number of events on campus and in the community and planned for the 2019-2020 school year. PhIS has been making an ongoing effort to make Weniger (the building that hosts the physics department) a more welcoming and […]

2019 da Vinci Days

da Vinci Days is all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), showcasing the creativity of community members, students and staff from local schools, LBCC, and OSU. The festival includes multiple events in April and the third weekend of July.PhIS tables at the event to reach out to the community with cool merchandiser, science […]

2019 Self Care Hike

Spring 2019 Peavy Arboretum Hike and Summer 2019 Mary’s Peak Hike PhIS has frequent self-care events to create community with in the group and help members de-stress and discuss the current events of their lives. Some activities include hikes, coloring, game nights, and more.

Update from ’18-19 School Year

OSU Physicists for Inclusion in Science (PhIS) has had an amazing year! We are a student organization sponsored by the physics department and our aim is to increase the number of female and underrepresented minority physics majors on campus by fostering a more inclusive environment. We have continued working towards that goal this year through […]

Spring 2019 Book Club

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming is a 2010 non-fiction book by American historians of science Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. It identifies parallels between the global warming controversy and earlier controversies over tobacco smoking, acid rain, DDT, and the hole […]

Winter 2019 Book Club

Between the World and Me is a 2015 nonfiction book written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and published by Spiegel & Grau. It is written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States.

2018/19 Officers

MacKenzie Lenz, Kelby Hahn, Mattia Carbonaro, Mike Vignal, Elizabeth Gire, Madison Gryba, Gina Mayonado, Kasey Yoke, and Nicole Quist

Fall 2018 Book Club

“Beliefs about men and women are as old as humanity itself, but Fine’s funny, spiky book gives reason to hope that we’ve heard Testosterone rex’s last roar.” —Annie Murphy Paul, New York Times Book Review

Spring 2018 Book Club

The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.

Journal Club: Social Topics in Physics

PH 405/505 CRN 58630/58631 Social Topic in Physics (STiP) is a once weekly journal club organized by PhIS. We read and discuss journals, essays, and articles on topics related to the social, environmental, economic, etc. state of physics, science, and education. Course in P/N attendance based and the meeting time will be arranged to accommodate […]

2017/18 Officers

MacKenzie Lenz, Kelby Hahn, Jessica Armstrong, Maggie Greenwood, Janet Tate, Allison Gicking, Gina Mayonado, and Nicole Quist

Fall 2017 Book Club

You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation is a 1990 non-fiction book on language and gender by Deborah Tannen, a professor of sociolinguistics at Georgetown University.

Summer 2017 Book Club

The historian and author of Lillian Gilbreth examines the “Great Man” myth of science with profiles of women scientists from Marie Curie to Jane Goodall.

Spring 2017 Book Club

A bracingly honest exploration of why there are still so few women in the hard sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science.

The APS CUWiP at Oregon State University 2016

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) At CUWiP, budding physicists will experience a professional conference, learn about graduate school and professions in physics, and share invaluable experiences, advice, and ideas with other women.Oregon State University hosted CUWiP in 2016 and PhIS was the team behind holding the conference. We also encourage member to attend […]

First Blog Post: PhIS!

We’re a student organization sponsored by the physics department. We want to change the atmosphere and culture of physics to be more accessible and inclusive. Currently, only 20% of physics degrees are held by women, and only 11% of Bachelor’s degrees and 7% of PhDs are held by underrepresented minorities in physics. We aim to […]