Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)
Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors.
The 2014 conferences were held Friday, January 17 through Sunday afternoon, January 19, 2014.
The 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.
WCUWIP 2012, Stanford
[CUWiP] is an empowering experience, to say the least, and I hope that everyone, no matter their involvement in physics, or even the sciences, can experience such a fulfilling conference at some point in their lives.
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.
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.
The National Organizing Committee is currently led by Chair Pat Burchat, Stanford University, Chair-Elect Kevin Pitts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Past Chair Daniela Bortoletto, Purdue University,.
Interested in hosting a future conference? The application process for future sites opens in January and closes February 15.
Host Site Application Process
Several 2015 sites were selected during the last review period.
- Duke University
- Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
- University of California, Santa Cruz
- Yale University
Support for the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics has been provided by the host institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Science in the Department of Energy.The Yale University Physics Department is spearheading a separate fund drive to support CUWiPs in the northeast.