Diversity & Inclusion

Our department is committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity in the physics community by bringing attention to underrepresented groups through our activities and courses, and developing action plans to increase our diversity.

Women in Physics Social

Female physicists, postdocs, faculty members, and students who are interested in pursuing physics, gather together and have fun over pizza every first Monday of each month. During this event, students get to know their peers, gain advice from their seniors, form study groups, and learn about research groups they are potentially interested in joining. A guest faculty speaker will be invited to the last event every semester to give a presentation on research, academics, and career opportunities. This event is organized by Profs. Benedetta Flebus and Qiong Ma in the Department of Physics and strongly supported by the entire department. To join this event, please email Prof. Qiong Ma (qiong.ma@bc.edu) and/or Prof. Benedetta Flebus (benedetta.flebus@bc.edu).

Women in Science and Technology BC Program

This year Prof. Flebus is recruiting undergraduate physics students to participate in the Women in Science and Technology Program, set up several years ago at Boston College by Prof. O’Connell (Chemistry Department) and Prof. Meyer (Biology Department). This initiative targets female students from Boston-area high schools, with the goal of sparking their interest in science at an early age and of introducing them to potential female role models in science. It entails a month-long weekend schedule of research activities, lectures and field trips. If you are interested, please email Prof. Benedetta Flebus (benedetta.flebus@bc.edu).

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

This year Prof. Flebus and Prof. Ma are applying to host the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in 2023. The CUWiP is an event promoted by the American Physical Society to help undergraduate women continue in a physics career, provide them with information about scientific careers (both in academia and not), and allow them to meet their peers and senior women scientists (https://www.aps.org/programs/women/cuwip/). It usually takes place during a weekend in January. It involves talks from key speakers, workshops, career panels, student poster sessions, visits to labs, dinners, and social events. If you are interested in joining the organization committee as undergraduate or graduate students, please email Prof. Qiong Ma (qiong.ma@bc.edu) and/or Prof. Benedetta Flebus (benedetta.flebus@bc.edu).

Additional Useful Resources

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
(National Science Foundation, 2019).
Provides statistical information about these groups in science and engineering education and employment.

Diversity Initiatives
(American Institute of Physics)
Activities and resources promoting increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in the physical sciences.

From Passion to Action: Levers & Tools for Making Physics Inclusive and Equitable
(American Physical Society, 2020)
Webinar on issues and actions regarding inclusivity in the physics community.

Black History Month Physics Profiles
(National Society of Black Physicists)
A site profiling Black Physicists in order to inform the world about the present day Black scientists that are at the forefront of scientific endeavor, and inspire future generations of Black scientists and engineers.

Minorities in Physics
(American Physical Society)
Resource page dedicated to providing tools to improve inclusion of underrepresented minorities in physics.

Diversity and Inclusion in STEMM Collection
(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)
Collection of documents intended to provide a roadmap for increasing involvement of absent and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.