The Stanford Program for Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in Physics (SPINWIP) is a virtual summer outreach program hosted by the Stanford Physics Department and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, designed to get high-school girls excited about physics. This 3-week program is completely free to participants, and is held through video chat. First-generation students and students from underrepresented backgrounds in physics are particularly encouraged to apply. No prior knowledge of physics or coding is needed.
Students will learn about cutting-edge research in physics in fields such as quantum physics, quantum computing, astrophysics, and cosmology. They will also learn how to code in Python, and then apply their coding skills to physics-based projects. Students will attend lectures by Stanford professors and researchers and work in small groups led by Stanford undergraduates, as well as attend college planning and career development workshops. Students will have the opportunity to form mentorship relationships with Stanford students and professors. Please see this document for a program syllabus.
Dates: July 2024; Monday through Friday. Program dates will be announced soon.
Time: 9am - 1pm PDT (PDT is UTC −08:00). Exact schedule will vary day-to-day.
Eligibility: Female and gender minority students in high school, between 9th to 11th grade at the time of application. Students from countries outside the US are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to first-generation students, students from underrepresented backgrounds in physics, as well as rising seniors.
Application: Fill out this form to receive notifications when SPINWIP 2024 starts to accept applications.
Contact us: spinwip_info [at] stanford.edu (spinwip_info[at]stanford[dot]edu) for program-related inquiries.
Want to become a SPINWIP counselor? See this page for more details.
Want to support the SPINWIP program and make a gift? We'd greatly appreciate that! Please go to our online giving site: https://giving.stanford.edu/. Click the “Make a Gift” button in the upper right hand corner. From the first drop down menu, select “Centers, Institutes, and More”, then from the second drop down menu select “Other Stanford Designation”. Write “SPINWIP/KIPAC” in the third line and follow the directions from there.