Skip to content Skip to navigation


POISE (Physics Outreach through Inclusive Science Education) is a week-long immersive program over spring break designed to help students reenvision physics and physics education for justice and social good.

During POISE, students will prepare and conduct ~1 hour long workshops geared towards making Physics exciting for local high school students. We will expand upon topics and concepts discussed during the quarter in Physics 93SI, and use our collective knowledge and experiences to create modular curricula that can be easily applied to the classroom. We will take frequent trips to Bay Area national labs, museums, companies, and more! Our intention is to create a retreat-style experience in which students can learn more about themselves and each other as physicists and as individuals, and put their knowledge to good use in the classroom.

Participants will tentatively spend 2 nights in Pinnacles National Park, for which all major equipment will be provided. The remainder of the trip will be spent off-campus in the community. This is a great opportunity to break out of the Stanford bubble!

If you are interested in enrolling in Physics 93SI and participating in POISE over spring break 2019, please fill out the application here. Feel free to contact one of the Physics 93SI student instructors (Manisha Patel or Josie Meyer) with any questions.


Students admitted to POISE will be required to enroll in Physics 93SI winter quarter for 2 units and to pay a $100 deposit to secure their spot upon acceptance. This deposit will be refunded upon successful completion of the trip, meaning the net cost for participants is $0. If the deposit represents a financial hardship, please contact the Physics 93SI student instructors and we will do everything to accommodate your participation!

Funding for the POISE program has been generously provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation.