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Physics Undergraduate Women and Gender Minorities at Stanford (PUWMAS) is Stanford’s first undergraduate group dedicated to forming an inclusive community of underrepresented minorities in physics.

We have two main missions:

  1. Promote diversity in physics by uniting and uplifting minority voices.
  2. Provide opportunities for personal, academic, and career development.

Congrats to PUWMAS for winning a 2018 Student Activities and Leadership Campus Impact Award for Building Bridges!

Community Development

Ella King, Director of Community Development

The Community Development branch aims to strengthen the student community in physics through social mixers, mentorship, and bimonthly general meetings. In Fall of 2017, we kicked off our mentorship program, which pairs underclassmen and upperclassmen in Physics and Engineering Physics.

Professional Development

Amara McCune, Director of Professional Development

The Professional Development branch organizes events that expose our members to the wide variety of career opportunities for students pursuing physics-related degrees. These include faculty lunches, alumni panels, and lab & company tours.

Diversity and Education

Josie Meyer, Director of Diversity and Education

The Diversity & Education branch aims to promote equity and inclusion by educating members of the Physics Department about issues surrounding underrepresented groups in STEM. Past events have included member spotlights, student chats with Equity & Inclusion speakers, and a survey initiative to collect feedback on inclusivity in physics classrooms.


  • 05/24: lunch with Kirsten Byron (12-1:30pm, PAB 232)
  • 05/25: Condancing Matter (PUWMAS/SUPS formal; 7-9pm, Mars)
  • 05/29: Ice Cream Social (3:20-4:20pm, location TBD)
  • 05/31: final SUPS meeting of 2017-18 (9-10pm, Varian 4F lounge)

Executive Board

Deepti Kannan, Co-President

Nicel Mohamed-Hinds, Co-President

Manisha Patel, Co-President and Financial Officer

Mailing list

Sign up for the PUWMAS mailing list to learn about upcoming events and opportunities of interest.