What is CUWiP?
The American Physical Society (APS) Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) is a series of regional conferences held simultaneously around the United States for undergraduate women interested in physics. The goal of this conference series is to encourage undergraduate women to pursue a career in physics by giving them the experience of a professional conference. This includes networking with women in physics of all ages and professional levels, plenary talks by prominent women in physics, and panel discussions providing information about graduate school and career opportunities in physics. See the 2018 APS CUWiP Conference flyer.
Applications to the 2018 CUWiP @ Iowa State are now closed.
These conferences are supported in part by the National Science Foundation (PHY-1346627) and by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DE-SC0011076). Further details are available on the APS conference website.
About Iowa State University
Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university, where students get a great academic start in learning communities and stay active in 800-plus student organizations, undergrad research, internships and study abroad. They learn from world-class scholars who are tackling some of the world's biggest challenges -- feeding the hungry, finding alternative fuels and advancing manufacturing. Iowa State's academic offerings are administered today through eight colleges, including the graduate college, that offer over 100 bachelor's degree programs, 112 master's degree programs, and 83 at the Ph.D. level, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.
The 2018 CUWiP at Iowa State was hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy on January 12 to 14, 2018. The Department has active research programs in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, High-energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Biophysics. Our high-energy physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear physics groups are involved in experiments which recreate the conditions of the early universe and help explain how it has evolved. The condensed matter physics group studies superconductivity, magnetism and the optical properties of matter, among other topics, and partners with the Department of Energy Ames Laboratory's Division of Materials Science and Engineering, which is located on campus. The Physics of Biological Systems research program seeks to explain biology from precise physical descriptions of how individual molecules work together like tiny machines to produce specific biological functions.
In providing instruction in classical and modern physics, we cover such areas as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, introductory modern physics, and quantum mechanics. In addition to our undergraduate program, offering a Major in Physics and a Minor in Astronomy, the Department offers Ph.D. degrees in Physics and in Astrophysics.
- Keynote address by Patricia Burchat.
- Dinner banquet address by Amy Sue Bix.
- Plenary talks by Agnes Mócsy, Jessica Kirkpatrick, Robin Selinger, Marcela Carena, Lora-Leigh Chrystal and Amber Manning-Oullette.
- A Professional Skills workshop led by Sheila Kannappan.
- Panels on academic and non-academic career paths and thriving in physics.
- Parallel sessions on Authentic Leadership, Women in Leadership and Impostor Syndrome, Interrupting Bias, Applying to Graduate School, Allies for Gender Equity, LBGTQUIA+: Building an Inclusive Community, Intersectionality in STEM and Direct Action to Increase Women in Physics.
The full program of the conference (now including PDF presentations of talks and parallel sessions) is available here, and was designed to allow you to showcase your own research, explore career opportunities, and connect with other women in the physics community!
Travel information and more
- First time in Ames? Check the Travel and Accommodations page.
- Lost? Check the maps of the conference venues and the schedule of the shuttles to get from the hotels to the conference venue and back.
- Presenting your own research? Read the instructions for posters.
- Arriving on Friday? Come to the Ames Laboratory tour!
- Participants are expected to follow the Code of Conduct for APS Meetings. If any issue arises during this conference, contact the APS representative Ted Hodapp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Don't let the cold bite you: temperature in Ames have been sub-freezing for the last few weeks, and we have a few inches of snow on the ground. Bring warm clothes!
The CUWiP @ Iowa State logo is a design by Noah Garwood.