Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics
CUWiP was founded at the University of Southern California in 2006 and grew as a grassroots organization until the American Physical Society offered its organizational support in 2014. In addition to the CUWiP at Wayne State University, eight other regional CUWiP meetings will take place across the country at Harvard University, Montana State University, Princeton University, Rice University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech. Students in Canada are encouraged to apply to the Canadian CUWiP at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. These conferences are all centrally organized by the American Physical Society and will share a keynote speaker, Nergis Mavalvala, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and Associate Department Head of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The goal of the CUWiP is to empower undergraduate women as they pursue their physics career by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, obtain information about graduate school and/or other professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas. The program includes research talks by prominent female physicists, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research presentations and poster sessions, and several meals during which presenters and students interact.