Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics
APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

History of Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

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

The first CUWiP was held in 2006 at the University of Southern California. In 2012, APS became the institutional home of CUWiP. APS provides organizational support, institutional memory, and a home for external financial support necessary to operate and continually improve CUWiP events. A complete listing of CUWiP sites is compiled below.


Keynote Speaker: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, University of Oxford

Boston College & Wellesley College
City University of New York, Graduate Center
Clemson University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Montana State University
Stanford University & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Tulane University
United States Military Academy, West Point
University of Arizona
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Pennsylvania
University of San Diego
West Virginia University


Keynote Speaker: Nadya Mason; University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Argonne National Laboratory
Auburn University
Boston University
Brown University
Cornell University & Ithaca College
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University/PPPL
Texas Christian University
University of California, Merced
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Regina (Canada)
University of Washington

Virtual Conference


Keynote Speaker: Donna Strickland; University of Waterloo

Virtual Conference


Keynote Speaker: Mary James; Reed College

Virtual Conference


Keynote Speaker: Andrea Liu; University of Pennsylvania

Black Hills State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Temple University
Texas A&M University, College Station
University of California, Irvine
University of Chicago
University of Maryland, College Park/NIST
University of Minnesota
University of Oklahoma
University of South Florida
University of Toronto (Canada)
Washington State University
Yale University


Keynote Speaker: Fabiola Gianotti; CERN Director

College of William and Mary
Michigan State University
Northwestern University
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
The College of New Jersey
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
University of California, Davis
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Ottawa (Canada)
University of Washington, Seattle
Utah State University


Keynote Speaker: Pat Burchat; Stanford, Particle and Condensed Matter Physics

Arizona State University
Cal Poly Pomona/Pomona College/Harvey Mudd College
Columbia University/Barnard College/City College of New York
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


Keynote Speaker: Nergis Mavalvala; MIT, Astrophysics and Quantum Physics (gravitational waves)

Harvard University
McMaster University
Montana State University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rice University
University of California Los Angeles
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Wisconsin
Virginia Tech
Wayne State University


Keynote Speaker: Ginger Kerrick; NASA, Astrophysics

Black Hills State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Old Dominion University/Jefferson Lab
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Syracuse University
University of California, San Diego
University of Texas, San Antonio/Southwest Research Institute
Wesleyan University


Keynote Speaker: Gabriela Gonzalez; Louisiana State University, Astrophysics (gravitational waves)

North Carolina Research Triangle
Purdue University
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Texas at Brownsville
Yale University


Keynote Speaker: Debra Fischer; Yale, Astronomy

Florida State University
Louisiana State University
Pennsylvania State University
Stony Brook University/BNL
UC Berkeley
University of Chicago/ANL/FNAL
University of Maryland/NIST
University of Utah 


Keynote Speaker: Margaret Murnane; NIST/CU Boulder, Optics

California Institute of Technology
Colorado School of Mines
Cornell University
University of Central Florida
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Texas at Austin


Keynote Speaker: Persis Drell; SLAC/Stanford, Particle Physics

Case Western Reserve University
Stanford University
Texas A&M University
University of Tennessee
University of Washington
Yale University


Keynote Speaker: France Cordova; Purdue, Astrophysics

University of Southern California
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purdue University
North Carolina State University
University of Oregon


Keynote Speaker: Young Kee Kim; FNAL/U of Chicago, Particle Physics

University of California, Santa Cruz
Ohio State University
Duke University


Keynote Speaker: Meg Urry; Yale, Astrophysics

University of Southern California
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Yale University


Keynote Speaker: Mildred Dresselhaus; MIT, Solid State

University of Southern California
University of Michigan
Yale University


University of Southern California


University of Southern California

The Correlation Between US Physics Degrees Obtained by Women and Attendance for CUWiP

US Physics Degrees obtained by Women and Attendance at CUWIP over time

NSF logoUS Department of Education logo These conferences are supported in part by the National Science Foundation (PHY-1346627, PHY-1622510, and PHY-2012033) 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.