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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!

Professional Development

Taryn Imamura, Director of Professional Development

The PUWMAS Professional Development Branch is aimed towards providing members with the resources to identify and pursue compatible employment opportunities. We organize quarterly workshops on topics such as negotiation, resume/CV writing, interviewing, and interfacing with employers, to ensure our member possess the skills necessary to achieve in their professional aspirations. This year, we are working with Stanford’s BEAM Center for Career Education and the American Physical Society to further support the next generation of innovators and advocates in Physics and Engineering.

Community Development

Elyssa Hofgard, 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. We also plan to collaborate and host events with the Stanford University Physics Society (SUPS).

Diversity and Education

Emily Li, Director of Diversity and Education

Pulling underrepresented voices in physics from the margins to the center, the Diversity and Education branch fosters a robust, inclusive community. Upcoming events for 2018-2019 include member spotlights, lunches with Equity and Inclusion speakers, reading discussions, and surveys asking for feedback about the state of inclusivity within Stanford Physics.


  • The final meeting of the autumn quarter will be on 5 Dec, 8p, in the Q-Spot (above the WCC).
  • 5 Dec, noon, Arrillaga Family Dining Commons: Undergraduate/graduate planning lunch
  • Check the Weekly Digest for more events, seminars, opportunities, and resources!

Executive Board

Deepti Kannan, Co-President

Kathlynn Simotas, Co-President and Financial Officer

Shraddha Anand, Co-President

Mailing list

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