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Each year WiPS attends NCUWiP (Northeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics), a 3-day conference geared towards enlightening and empowering undergraduate women in physics and engineering.

WiPS on their way to Yale for the 2012 NCUWiP Conference

WiPS on their way to Yale for the 2012 NCUWiP Conference

NCUWiP is one of several regional Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS). All regional conferences are held concurrently in mid-January. Women from all over the country gather at various university campuses to experience a professional conference atmosphere and have the opportunity to present their own research during designated talk and poster sessions.

This conference is a particularly good opportunity for undergraduate women. Drexel WiPs have been very lucky to attend in 2011 (MIT), 2012 (Yale), and 2013 (Cornell), and we’ve always had a fantastic experience! We have had the opportunity to learn about the latest research from faculty from a number of prestigious universities and labs as well as attend discussions about graduate school, careers in physics, and navigating the sometimes-difficult road of being a woman in physics. NCUWiP strongly encourages attendees to network with one another and provides ample time to do this during meals and liquid nitrogen ice cream socials. The hosting university also provides tours of their labs and other facilities.

Robyn Smith (L) and Mary Chessey (R) both received Oustanding Poster Awards for their presentations at NCUWiP 2013.

Robyn Smith (L) and Mary Chessey (R) both received Oustanding Poster Awards for their presentations at NCUWiP 2013.

NCUWiP is essentially free, and we certainly encourage WiPS members to attend. Registration requires a $50 deposit (which is returned upon arrival at the conference) and includes all meals and hotel accommodations. Travel is not included, but it is usually funded through various grants WiPS obtains from the Drexel University Office of Undergraduate Research and Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC).

This year, Drexel WiPS is excited that there are actually 3 regional CUWiP conferences being held near Philadelphia! We’ll decide as a group sometime in September which conference we’d like to attend based on our specific interests. In the meantime, check out the links below to learn more about the upcoming 2014 conferences.