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We are Visibility in Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an organization that aims to provide resources, advice, and an encouraging social atmosphere for underrepresented minorities and allies in the field of physics. We welcome physics majors, minors, and enthusiasts to our club!

Our weekly meetings are Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm in Phillips 277. For more information, please email one of the presidents or, or sign-up for the ‘uncwip’ listserv on the board outside of Phillips 245!

Visibility in Physics Board


Abbey Dunnigan (she/her)

Major: Astrophysics B.S.Research Interests: Interior Structure and Evolution of Planets


Hello! I’m Abbey and I’m a senior from Greenville, NC. I enjoy reading, going on hikes, and drinking coffee before doing anything productive. I also play the trumpet in the marching band! If you have any questions regarding the physics major, getting into research, or internships please reach out!


Sarah Vickers (she/her)

Major: Physics B.S. & Math B.A.Research Interests: Neutrino Physics, Particle Physics


“Hi everyone, I’m Sarah, and I’m from Winchester, KY. I like running, terrible reality tv, and being part of ViP! I’m on the club climbing and taekwondo teams here at UNC, and I’m also an ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Research, so feel free to ask me about any of those things!

Vice President

Naomi Ovrutsky (she/her)

Major: Astrophysics B.S.Research Interests: Cosmology, Aerospace Engineering (navigation & control)


Hi, I’m Naomi and I’m from Charlotte, NC! I love reading & writing short stories, playing soccer, and purchasing a little $7 coffee anytime there’s a minor inconvenience 🙂 I have been a part of 3 different research groups at UNC, so feel free to ask me about getting involved in research or anything else as you roam the halls of Phillips!


Em Chittenden (they/them)

Major: Physics B.A.Research Interests: Physics Education/Outreach


Hello, everyone! I’m Em, a senior from Charlotte, NC! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and am always up to giving advice on navigating the physics major.


Mara Mayhew (she/her)

Major: Astrophysics B.S.Research Interests: Cosmology and Particle Physics


Hey! I’m Mara, a sophomore from Charlotte NC. Some of my favorite non-physics things are reading, watching sci fi and hiking. I am excited to get to know all of you guys this year! Feel free to email me if you have questions about anything!”

Social Chair

Rujula Yete (she/her)

Major: Statistics & Analytics B.S., Physics B.A.Research Interests: Astrophysics


Hi! I’m Rujula and I’m a sophomore from Cary, NC. I enjoy reading, playing guitar, and photography. I also love meeting new people, so feel free to reach out! I’m super excited to meet you all this year.

Outreach Coordinator

Joy Harrison (she/her)

Major: Astrophysics B.S.Research Interests: Medical Physics


Hi! I’m Joy, I’m a senior this year. I enjoy studying pretty much all fields of physics, but my favorites are cosmology, particle physics, and medical physics. Outside of school I love to bike and read. I’m excited to meet all of you!