Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

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About CUWiP

The Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are an annual program of the American Physical Society (APS) 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. The national and local organizing committees of APS CUWiP strive to create a welcoming environment for all, including undergraduate women and gender minorities.

All meals and accommodation (Friday and Saturday nights) during the conference are organized and the costs are met by CUWiP. Travel to the conference is usually paid for by your home department, and if this is not possible there are funds available to support travel to CUWiP (see details here) so no one has to miss out on CUWiP for financial reasons. There is a $45 registration fee, which can be waived if necessary; to request a fee waiver, please contact

Twelve sites across the United States and one in Canada will simultaneously host CUWiP on January 21-23, 2022. Activities 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. All sites will participate virtually in the keynote address to be given by Prof. Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo), a recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

UC Merced and the Department of Physics value diversity and are committed to making all CUWiP participants feel safe and welcome here. We hope to see you here in January!

CUWiP has become incredibly popular.  In order to maximize the number of CUWiP participants we can accommodate, we will allocate participants to sites based on travel logistics and site capacity. Please do not purchase travel or plan to be at a specific site until you receive an email confirming you have been accepted to a specific CUWiP site.

About UC Merced

Ashley Ahrens (Hirst Lab)Founded in 2005, UC Merced is the tenth and newest campus of the University of California system, with a mission to establish a research university in the historically underserved San Joaquin Valley region of California. Current enrollment is about 8,000 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students.


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The Department of Physics has 21 professors, of whom 7 are women, representing one of the largest cohorts of female physics professors in the U.S. by percentage. The UC Merced physics community also includes around 60 Ph.D. students and 60 undergraduate majors. Research groups in the department participate in summer research internship programs for undergraduates, such as those run by the Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines and the NASA-funded Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES)

UC Merced Areal PhotoThe City of Merced has a population of about 83,000, a walkable downtown Main Street, and a network of bike paths traversing a large portion of the city. The main campus of the university is located about 3 miles outside the city, adjacent to Lake Yosemite, with views of the Sierra Nevada foothills and, on a clear day, the Sierra peaks themselves. 

Venue: UC Merced Conference Center

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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). Further details are available on the APS conference website. Additional support for the conference at UC Merced is provided by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the APS Division of Soft Matter, and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.