Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

Student Applications Will Open in September 2017

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

In Memoriam:  Professor Marjorie Corcoran

Marj CorcoranProfessor Marjorie Corcoran, one of the 2017 APS CUWiP at Rice site leaders, died in an accident on February 6, 2017. This is a tragic loss for all who have known Marj.

The Rice CUWiP Local Organizing Committee has this remembrance:

"The Rice CUWiP conference would not have happened without Professor Corcoran. From the very beginning, she brought organization, energy, and drive to our planning committee. During the conference when everyone was stressed and overwhelmed, I never saw her smile break — she was always willing to do what needed to be done, whether it was fixing a name tag, tracking down a mentor, or making an announcement.

Beyond her immense contributions to the conference, Professor Corcoran was an inspiration to young female physicists everywhere. As a previous department chair, a research mentor, and the only female professor to teach 1st and 2nd year physics classes at Rice, her impact on undergraduate female physics majors cannot be understated. Her loss is a tremendous blow to all of us who saw her as a role model."

Her undergraduate students say:

"Professor Corcoran was inspirational to each of us, both as a teacher and as an individual.  Every student can attest to her infectious enthusiasm for particle physics and learning.  We truly appreciate her patience and her eagerness to teach.  The door to her office was always open, welcoming questions about anything-- from physics to homework to life advice.  Her loss has affected each of us, and we can't imagine what our undergraduate experience would have been like without Dr. Corcoran."

We send our deepest condolences to Marj's colleagues, friends and family.


The 2018 conferences will be held Friday, January 12 through Sunday afternoon, January 14, 2018.

  • Arizona State University 
  • Cal Poly Pomona/Pomona College/Harvey Mudd College
  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • Iowa State University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Queen’s University (Canada)  
  • University of Kansas
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Oregon 
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Virginia

The APS CUWiP goal 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 woman 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 Pearl Sandick, University of Utah, Chair Elect Kelly Nash, University of Texas San Antonio, and Past Chair Kate Scholberg, Duke University,

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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.

2017 CUWiP Attendance Graph