2019 APS CUWiP at UC Davis

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Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Eleven sites across the United States and one in Canada will host Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) on January 18-20, 2019. Activities include talks and workshops on everything from career paths to work/life balance to physics topics, student poster presentations, lab tours, and the chance to meet hundreds of female physicists. CUWiP has grown dramatically in the past decade, and now most undergraduate women in physics at US schools attend at least once during their college career.

The APS CUWiP at UC Davis will draw students from northern California and Nevada. The physics department and campus value diversity and are committed to making all CUWiP participants feel safe and welcome here. We hope to see you here in January!

2018 APS CUWiP at SoCal

Fun facts about us:

  • The Davis campus began in 1908 as the agricultural arm of the University of California, before becoming a full independent campus in 1959. Current enrollment is about 29,000 undergraduates and 6700 graduate and professional students.
  • The city of Davis is a true university town: population 68,000, of whom a large fraction work or study at the university. It's unusually bicycle-friendly, with traffic designs from bike lanes and separated bike paths to separate overpasses and tunnels, traffic circles, and even bicycle traffic lights.
  • The city buses, which are managed through the UC Davis undergraduate student government and often driven by students, include several double-deckers.
  • The physics department has 48 professors, 170 graduate students, and about 265 undergraduate majors. The nine women on the faculty (eight tenured, one tenure-track) make up one of the largest cohorts of female physics professors in the country, both in percentage and in absolute number.
  • The department hosts a long-running summer REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) site and a Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp with GRE practice in late summer. Our faculty are also heavily involved in programs that strengthen our links to the California State University system.

CUWiP is coordinated by the American Physical Society (APS) each year, as one way to encourage female and other gender minority physics students. An ultimate goal is to eliminate gaps in physics participation as a function of characteristics such as gender, race, or sexual orientation.

These conferences are supported in part by the National Science Foundation (PHY-1622510) and by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DE-SC0011076). Further details are available on the APS conference website.


Apply between September 3, 2018 and October 12, 2018