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CUWiP: Women in Physics

An Unprecedented Number of Undergrads Attend Annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Our accomplished students, speaking and presenting at the 2018 CUWiP at Arizona State University


In January, nine women physics students from the Department of Physics & Astronomy traveled to the American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at Arizona State University.  ASU is one of 12 institutions in North America that hosted more than 2,000 undergraduate attendees for simultaneous three day conferences consisting of science talks, panel discussions, workshops, and lab tours, all with the goal of providing women and gender minorities access to information and resources that will help them continue in science careers. The 2018 APS CUWiPs were held January 12-14, 2018.  This year, our own Pearl Sandick, an associate professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, served as chair of the APS CUWiP National Organizing Committee.  In addition to working throughout the year to ensure an impactful conference experience for attendees at all conference sites, she also represented the APS at the  University of Oregon CUWiP, where she facilitated two types of workshops. One workshop was an APS program called Step Up 4 Women, which hopes to address the underrepresentation of women in physics at the undergraduate level and beyond by reaching out to high school physics teachers and giving them research-based tools to encourage women to become physics majors in college. The second workshop was on professional skills for women in science, and discussed practical skills to help attendees perform quality research and flourish in a variety of physics career settings.  The University of Utah hosted an APS CUWiP in 2014, and we look forward to welcoming the CUWiPs back to Utah in 2019, when Utah State University will be one of the host institutions.

From the American Physical Society:

"The goal of CUWiP is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with an 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."


To learn more about the conference, check out this feature about last year’s conferences and our local attendees.

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