ISU Society of Women in Physics and Astronomy Club (SWIPA)

Club Type: Academic - LAS


The Iowa State University Society of Women in Physics and Astronomy (SWiPA) is a student-run organization which works with physics and astronomy faculty in order to: (1) promote development of professional skills, (2) raise awareness of minorities in physics and astronomy and find allies, (3) increase recruitment and retention rates of women in physics and astronomy, (4) provide mentorship and support, and (5) collaborate with WiSE and the Physics and Astronomy club on outreach.


SWiPA meets every Wednesday at 5:00 pm in Room 19 of Physics Hall.


President – Jackie Blaum (

Vice President – Savannah Downing (

Secretary – Claire Nelson (

Treasurer – Daniel Carber (

Outreach Chair/Physics Club Liaison – X

Graduate Student Liaison – X

Advisors – X



                                    January 12–14, 2018

                                    Iowa State University

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

                  September 22, 2017

                  11:00 am - 2:00 pm

                  Central Campus, Iowa State University

Kickoff Picnic

                                 September 10, 2017

                                 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

                Ada Hayden, Ames


                                September 6, 2017

                                11:00 am - 4:00 pm

                Central Campus, Iowa State University               


*Every January, SWiPA will attend the American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics.