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Physics & Astronomy Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

Dear colleagues,

Like so many of you, I have been horrified and angry to hear increasing reports of violence against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including the most recent murders in Georgia of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women.

Our department unequivocally condemns anti-Asian racism, and denounces these acts of violence and the ongoing racism and misogyny behind them. We recognize the anxiety and fear that these acts cause in the personal and professional lives of our AAPI colleagues; a situation that has become even clearer to me in recent days in heartbreaking discussions with a number of you.

Such harassment, intimidation, and violence, directed against our AAPI colleagues, deeply affects us all as a collective community. We stand in solidarity with all AAPI faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, and we are committed to ensuring that our department is one where everyone may strive to learn, to contribute to the search for new knowledge, and to make the most of their talents.

I would like to remind you that if you would like to speak to anyone within the department about these issues, you are welcome at any time to contact me, our Graduate Chair (Prof. Josh Klein), our Undergraduate Chair (Prof. Masao Sako), our Diversity Coordinator (Prof. Evelyn Thomson), or any other member of the faculty. We all stand with you, and are ready to help in any way we can.

Mark Trodden

Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy


List of resources from particle physics US LHC Users Association [thanks to Bo Jayatilaka and Toyoko Orimoto]

How to Be An Ally: 





Annual lecture on Diversity in STEM fields March 31st


Diversity and Inclusion in Physics (DIP) invites you to our annual lecture on diversity in STEM fields, which is open to all members of the Penn community. The lecture will take place at 3:30 pm, Wednesday March 31st on Zoom.

Our speaker this year is Dr. Gina Quan from the department of Physics and Astronomy at San José State University ( Dr Quan’s research works towards improving equity and justice within undergraduate STEM education by improving understanding of culture, community and identity.

Talk title and abstract (flyer attached):

Cultivating Equity-Focused Institutional Change in University STEM Departments

Discipline-based education research has made great strides in understanding how to foster more equitable and effective teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). However, there still has yet to be widespread adoption of reforms in university STEM departments. Our project seeks to understand how departments can implement sustainable, large-scale changes to undergraduate education. While these changes take many forms, they are grounded in six core principles, including upholding a commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice. We facilitate Departmental Action Teams (DATs), teams of faculty, students, and staff within a single STEM department working on some issue related to undergraduate education. During this talk, I will present an overview of the DAT model and the principles which guide our work. I will then present some empirical research discussing how to meaningfully develop student-staff-faculty partnerships while implementing departmental changes. Finally, I will discuss the multifaceted nature of complex equity-focused changes. 

At 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 1, there will be an opportunity for grad students and post docs to join a discussion with Dr Quan. The discussion will use the same zoom link as the lecture.

Please contact us, with any questions.


DIP Leaders


Faculty panel for Black students in STEM at Penn (Jan 29)

Please join us for a faculty panel for Black students in STEM at Penn on Friday, January 29th from 4 to 5pm. This panel, hosted by the Makuu Center and the SEAS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is intended for all Penn STEM faculty and Penn Black students, both undergraduate and graduate students, who are either in STEM majors or interested in STEM majors. A student committee has developed thoughtful questions for the faculty panelists, which will shed light on students’ concerns surrounding success in STEM majors. Thank you!

Faculty panel for Black students in STEM at Penn (link)

This event will be of interest to STEM faculty and Black students who are either STEM majors or interested in STEM majors. The university community is welcome.

Find out how you can get more involved with STEM faculty and students.

Learn more about STEM majors at Penn.

Hosted by the Makuu Center and the SEAS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Friday, January 29 from 4 to 5 pm

For more information, contact Dr. Rita Powell,


  • Professor CJ Taylor, Computer and Information Science Department, Raymond S. Markowitz President’s Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean, SEAS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Brian Peterson, Director, Makuu Black Cultural Center Professor Eric Fouh, Computer and Information Science Department
  • Professor Jennifer Lukes, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department
  • Professor Nakia Rimmer, Mathematics Department
  • Dr. Laura Stubbs, Director, SEAS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

CUWiP 2021 is online Jan 22-24

Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) will be held virtually Jan 22-24 2021.  Applications open September 8th.

Any undergraduate student with an interest in physics may apply to attend a CUWiP. Interested faculty/mentors should email for details about attendance and participation.

NSBP 2020 is online Nov 5-8

National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) 2020 conference is online from November 5th to 8th 2020.  If you’ve wanted to attend but couldn’t afford the travel time away from classes, then 2020 is your year!

Quoting the website: the NSBP conference is the largest academic meeting of minority physicists in the United States. The goal of the conference is to provide mentorship opportunities, increase participant access to recruiters, offer networking opportunities and inform the broader physics community on best practices that will be gleaned during and after the meeting. The Conference allows students to have close interactions with professional physicists and gain exposure to high-quality scientific researchers and presentations. In addition to being a meeting that promotes the persistence of underrepresented physics students in the academic workforce pipeline, the conference hosts many high-level research talks, provides opportunities for peer-to-peer interactions and allows students the opportunity for exposure to the scientific community.

Friday, October 30, 2020 is the last date to register, and to submit an abstract.

Registration Fees
Student (Member) $10
Student (Non-member) $50
Faculty/Professional (Member) $25
Faculty/Professional (Non-member) $130


SACNAS 2020 conference is online Oct 19-24

SACNAS 2020 is online from October 19-24, advanced registration closes August 31st.   If you’ve wanted to go but couldn’t afford the time away from classes to travel, then 2020 is the year to attend virtually.

Quoting the website, this virtual conference brings you a unique blend of STEM, culture, and community in an online space where you can bring your whole self to STEM. The conference will feature a rich agenda including virtual:

  • Motivational keynote speakers
  • Robust offering of STEM Symposia and Professional Development sessions
  • Student research presentations
  • Graduate School & Career Expo Hall
  • Cultural celebrations, art, and music
  • Group and 1-on-1 mentoring opportunities
Registration Fee Dates Student Postdoc Professional
Advanced July 1 to August 31 $165 $270 $390
Regular September 1 to September 27 $205 $310 $430