In the Department of Physics, we recognize the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff members and students. To achieve our goals of excellence in research, academics and service to the community, it is essential to have diversity, equity and inclusion in our daily work and study. Many of our members lead and support a significant number of activities on improving diversity and inclusion in STEM fields over a range of career stages.

In 2018, the University of Arizona was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, in addition to our longstanding status as an American Indian and Alaska Native-Serving Institution. The University of Arizona is also a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of leading comprehensive research universities distinguished by the breadth and quality of their programs of research and graduate education. Out of about 250 HSI, only three are also members of AAU, and we are one of those three! This makes the University of Arizona very unique in serving Hispanic and Native American with excellence in research.



Women In Physics

The Women in Physics club is an active graduate student-run group that aims to promote the inclusion of women in science and to raise awareness of gender biases in physics. All students, scientists, and faculty are welcome to join and attend meetings and events. We organize events ranging from professional development events such as hosting invited speakers from academia and industry, social activities such as BBQs and lunch discussions, and physics outreach such as helping with elementary school science fairs

Tucson Initiative for Minority Engagement in Science and TEchnology Program (TIMESTEP)

TIMESTEP is a bi-weekly discussion group about topics of professional development for undergraduates in STEM fields at U. Arizona

Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) 2022

  • We will be hosting the 2022 CUWiP conference in Tucson, Arizona!

  • The 2021 CUWIP conference will will be held virtually Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24, 2021. Click here to apply.

kids experimenting with physics

Physics Discovery

Small-group guided experiments utilizing static electricity generators, liquid nitrogen, lasers and inertia wheels make this interactive event fun as well as educational. In 2013, more than 1,000 Tucson K-12 students enjoyed this activity. For more information about this weekly event, visit the Flandrau Science Center website.

Open House and Group Tours

Open House and Group Tours

Guests at the annual Physics Open House in March mingle with department faculty, and tour our working research labs where scientists are working on things such as carbon dating, using lasers as optical tweezers, and hunting for the elusive Higgs-Boson. Check our Events Calendar for date, time and location. Or to inquire about scheduling a private tour for your group, contact Dr. Srinivas Manne at smanne@physics.arizona.edu.

 Physics Phun Nite


Physics Phun Day

Occurring annually in March, this free event is open to the public and is the department's most popular event. Physics Department members (faculty, students and staff) demonstrate, without the lecture, fascinating physical principles such as the Van de Graaff, a bed of nails, optical illusions, singing/dueling sewer pipes, burning bubbles, giant smoke rings, light sabers, rocket propulsion, and so much more! Check our Events Calendar for date, time and location.

 R.E.U. Summer Training

R.E.U. Summer Training

Our summer bridge program for Pima Community College students provides research opportunities with distinguished University of Arizona faculty in fundamental and applied sciences. For more information, visit the program webpageor contact Dr. Srinivas Manne at smanne@physics.arizona.edu.

Society of Physics Students

Our local chapter of the Society of Physics Students is an undergraduate-run club for like-minded students who share a love for physics. SPS is open to undergrads of any major at the University of Arizona. The biweekly meetings consist of faculty/student talks, physics demonstrations, and social events. We will also be participating in all sorts of outreach events. For more information, visit our website uasps.weebly.com 

Other upcoming conferences

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science ( SACNAS ) Conference

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference

National Society of Black Physicists Conference


Other UA resources and links

College of Science Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Link