Wanted: Undergraduate Women Interested in Physics

The American Physical Society is currently accepting applications for its Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), held concurrently Jan. 13-15, 2017, at universities across the US and Canada. The conferences feature workshops that encourage women to remain in STEM fields by discussing physics careers beyond academia and exposing physics majors to the wide array of choices available to them in industry, technology transfer, science education and more.

Princeton University, host of one of the 10 CUWiP conferences, is expecting some 200 undergraduates to attend. “The primary focus is to give participants the tools they need to remain in STEM,” says Shannon Swilley Greco, program leader at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. “Part of that is to expose them to the opportunities available but also to help them combat the effects of gender stereotyping and the feelings of isolation that might come from being a member of an underrepresented group. This is done through practical workshops and intimate discussions, as well as networking and providing resources that help to build a support network and a community of women in physics.”

The conferences, supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science, will take place at Harvard University, McMaster University, Montana State University, Princeton University, Rice University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Wayne State University.

The application window closes October 14, 2016. Food and accommodations are provided for all attendees, but there is a $45 registration fee and travel expenses are not covered. More information on schedules and speakers is available on the specific conference pages listed above.