WaMPS is a graduate student group at Michigan State University. Our purpose is to promote diversity in the physical sciences by encouraging women and minorities to pursue the field. We also work to support women and minorities who are already members of the physical science community.
We meet every month during the academic year. Most of our meetings are spent discussing topics related to diversity in physics or life in graduate school. Sometimes we'll send out a short article or two ahead of time to provide a starting point for our discussion.
WaMPS holds many different kinds of events each semester. We try to meet at least monthly, and our monthly meetings might include discussion of an article about women and minorities in physics, planning for an upcoming outreach event, or just talking over food during non-pandemic times. Now we hold our events virtually. Events are announced through our newsletter and on our Facebook page.
Our members perform outreach activities at local schools and at festivals and other programs here at MSU and around the mid-Michigan area. We design, build, and perform interactive science demonstrations to show people how fun science can be!