Welcome to the Society for Women in Physics at Ohio State!


Women are under-represented in physics at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Society for Women in Physics (SWiP) creates a space for women in the physics community at Ohio State to support each other, to address relevant issues, and reach out to others.

SWiP will provide avenues for support for undergraduate and graduate women in the Ohio State physics community. It also will work to create a positive, supportive culture in the Physics Department and reach out beyond the Physics Department. It will hold bimonthly meetings which will include conversations about issues faced by women. We will also hold semesterly talks with women physicists about either their research or the experience of being a woman in physics. The society is aimed at undergraduate and graduate women in the Physics Department, but all are welcome.


President: Kirsten Casey (she/her)
Kirsten is a fifth year graduate student in the Physics Department and a Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member. She grew up in Sparks, Nevada and got her B.S. in Physics at the University of Nevada РReno in 2016. She studies dwarf galaxies and their dark matter halos with Prof. Annika Peter. In her free time she likes to ice-skate, play D&D and board games, sew, learn Bodwéwadmimwen, and show off pictures of her beautiful cat, Bonnie.

Vice-President: Megan Nieberding (she/her/ella)
Megan is a 5th year graduate student working in Physics Education Research (PER) with Andrew Heckler. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and she shares her Texas pride with anyone who will listen! She received her B.S. in Physics and in Astronomy at the University of Arizona in 2015. When she isn’t working she enjoys painting her nails, playing board games, and teaching her dog new tricks.

Treasurer: Donley Cormode (she/her)
Donley Cormode is a fourth year graduate student. She is from southern California and attended Seattle Pacific University for undergrad. She does condensed matter experiment research with Zeke Johnston-Halperin. In her spare time, Donley likes to bake and read.

Secretary: Lauren Ennesser (she/her)
Lauren is a 5rd year graduate working in cosmology with Paul Martini, studying large scale structure. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 (BA, Computer Animation), and University of Illinois – Chicago in 2017 (BS, Physics). In her copious free time, she ice skates and plays with her extremely energetic cat, Wally, and teaches Eliza the meaning of kitty cat friendship.

Administrative Support: Crystal Moloney (she/her)