Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors.

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The 2019 conferences will be held Friday, January 18 through Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2019.

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The goal of APS CUWiP is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.

A typical program will include research talks by faculty, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research talks, a student poster session, and several meals during which presenters and students interact with each other.

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The national and local organizing committees of APS CUWiP strive to create a welcoming environment for all, including undergraduate women and gender minorities.

History and Organization

In 2006, the University of Southern California hosted the first CUWiP.  The grassroots effort grew quickly, and within just a few years there were six conferences being hosted simultaneously.

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In 2012, APS became the institutional home for CUWiP. The CUWiP National Organizing Committee provides support for the organization of the annual conferences and works with APS. At each host institution, a local organizing committee plans and organizes the detailed program for the local conference and is responsible for local fundraising.

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The National Organizing Committee is currently led by Chair Kelly Nash, University of Texas San Antonio, Chair Elect Evangeline J. Downie, The George Washington University, and Past Chair Pearl Sandick, University of Utah.

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Interested in hosting a future conference? The application process for future sites is now open; applications are due November 1.  Interested host sites are strongly recommended to submit an Expression of Interest by September 1.

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These conferences are supported in part by the National Science Foundation (PHY-1346627 and PHY-1622510) and by the Department of Energy (DE-SC0011076). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the Department of Energy.

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