The Frances E. Walker Lecture Series

The Frances E. Walker Fund for Women in Physics was established by Dr. Mary Anne Frye to acknowledge her mother, Frances E. Walker, and to support programs that encourage and increase the participation of women in the study of physics. The Walker Lecture Series brings prominent women physicists and astrophysicists to the GW campus, to highlight their accomplishments, and incorporates a mentoring segment for students. The Fund also supports a fellowship that is designed to give promising female U.S. citizens an opportunity to engage in research projects under the guidance of a GW Physics Department faculty member. Finally, the Frances E. Walker Fund supports the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) that will be held at GW in January 2018.

Dr. Frye received a B.A. in Physics in 1970 and earned a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1975 from the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Frances E. Walkder graduated from GW with a B.A. in 1927 and an M.A. in Latin in 1931.

Distinguished speakers of the Walker Lecture Series:

2018 April 12 (Frances E. Walker Lecture)
Samar Safi-Harb, University of Manitoba
Neutron Stars and Supernovae: The Most Exotic Astrophysical Objects That Keep Surprising Us

2018 April 5 (Frances E. Walker Lecture)
Judith McGovern, University of Manchester
Probing the Proton

2017 September 21
Vicky Kalogera, Northwestern University
The Promise and Challenges of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

2015 October 22
Gay Stewart, West Virginia University
Factors Affecting STEM Retention Inside and Outside the Physics Major