Our History

The Women in Physics (WiP) group at Texas Tech University was founded in January 2018. Our purpose is to improve the recruitment and retention of women in physics by providing opportunities for academic achievement and skill and professional development through free educational workshops, community building, networking, and mentoring. Membership is open to all currently enrolled students at Texas Tech University with an interest in physics! Sign up here.



Dr. beth thacker, Ph.D.
primary advisor

Dr. Thacker is an associate professor at Texas Tech University's Department of Physics & Astronomy. Learn more about Dr. Thacker here.


Dr. alessandra corsi, ph.D.
Secondary advisor

Dr. Corsi is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University's Department of Physics & Astronomy. Learn more about Dr. Corsi here.

victoria blackmon



Victoria is a senior astrophysics major with a double minor in mathematics and french language. She has been involved in undergraduate research for the past 4 years on topics related to black hole X-Ray binaries, with intentions of public She will graduate in Fall 2019 and will begin pursuing a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics.

amber wang


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Amber is a junior physics major with a minor in mathematics. She trained in Covenant Medical Center as an assistant of cancer therapy since she plans to pursue the career of a medical physicist and impact many lives with the knowledge and practice of medical physics. Now, she has participated in Taiwanese Students Association, United States of America Wushu Kung Federation, Society of Physics Students, and Women in Physics. These organization have given her a sense of responsibility and have made her more involved in the Lubbock and Texas Tech community.

Shanmuga shivakumar



Shanmuga is a junior applied physics major with a minor in mathematics. He previously held the offices of Secretary and Historian for the TTU Society of Physics Students and is currently the SPS Public Relations Committee Chairperson for the 2019-2020 school year. He intends to graduate Spring 2021.