Carolina Women in Physics held its second annual Women in Physics Research Symposium on Tuesday in Phillips Hall. The event gave undergraduate researchers the opportunity to share the projects they have been working on with faculty, in classes and through independent studies.
The scope of the projects ranged from new methods for electrode synthesis for batteries to how the solar system would react after the entry of a hypothetical new planet.
After the five featured projects were presented during a poster session, the event hosted a few guest speakers, including the two current advisers of WiP and a past president of the organization. The symposium also displayed artwork and quotes from the WiP participants about their journeys as female physicists.
“I think most people’s experience in physics features doubt,” said Samantha Pagan, co-president of WiP. “I have certainly gone through periods where mine was extensive. In WiP, we often talk about imposter syndrome, but I found that did not always make my questioning disappear.”
Aside from allowing undergraduate researchers to practice presenting and getting feedback on their work in a welcoming environment, the symposium also aimed to encourage women to stay in the physics major, participate in research and get involved with the Department of Physics and Astronomy.