Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

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Congratulations to our poster prize winners!

  • Autumn Bauman, University of Colorado, Denver, "Further Characterisation of AstroPix Sensor"
  • Tanvi Krishnan, Harvey Mudd College, "Analyzing the Efficiency of the Trigger System in the ICARUS Neutrino Detector"
  • Alana Hartsell-White, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Chemical gradients coupled to self-generated activity exhibit largescale structure formation in active materials"
  • Marina Beltran, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, "Modeling Spectra of Exoplanet Atmospheric Compositions from Stellar Elemental Abundances"
  • Audrey Cole, Harvey Mudd College, "Viability of a Novel Technique for Low-Mass Leptoquark Searches"

2023 Aps Cuwip

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

Eleven sites across the United States and one in Canada will simultaneously host CUWiP on January 20-22, 2023. 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. Nadya Mason.

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.

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, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Washington
University of Regina, Canada

CUWiP sites


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.

Ghosh Lab Action Shot  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 Photo The 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 University of Oregon Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program, General Atomics, the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, MKS Instruments, Inc., and the American Physical Society Division of Soft Matter.

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