Data has shown that women are less represented in the fields of technology and entrepreneurship than their male counterparts. But what can be done about this?
The University approved the new astrophysics major for fall 2019 last May. The physics department faculty approved the biophysics track this week and it’s expected to be an option by fall 2019 as well.
Washington University’s physics program will host a mentorship program for women in the physics department, beginning this semester.
OWN IT WashU hosted its fourth-annual women’s leadership summit in Bauer Hall on Nov. 10. The student-run conference is designed to provide young women the opportunity to engage and network with successful women in business, STEM and creative fields.
Washington University’s physics department currently employs zero tenured or tenure-track women faculty, a statistic emblematic of the department’s gender disparity in both the number of students and professors.
Last week, as I ate my usual chocolate chip scone during my usual Tuesday office hours (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Jolley Hall Room 409, if you’re in CSE 240: Logic and Discrete Mathematics) with my usual female co-teaching assistant, a male engineering student walked into our room and asked, “Are you two the only TAs scheduled right now?” We were, as only two TAs are required to help the one—or two, if we’re lucky—students that come in per session.
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