The Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at The University of Chicago is a three-day regional conference for undergraduate physics majors supported by the American Physical Society (APS). 

The goal of APS CUWiP is 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.

Students enjoy Working with Arduinos Workshop

Evaluating Poster Session

APS CEO Kate Kirby and UChicago CUWiP Volunteers

Parallel Session: Work/Life Balance and Self-Care

Students enjoy "Working with Arduinos" Workshop


Evaluating the Poster Session

APS CEO Kate Kirby with UChicago CUWiP Volunteers

Parallel Session: Work/Life Balance and Self-Care

Student Applications are now closed.

For NON-UNDERGRADUATE PARTICIPANTS who would like to attend the conference (i.e. accompanying faculty members, graduate students,) please fill out a registration form here.

Deadline for non-undergraduate student applications is December 2.

The University of Chicago is the designated Conference site for applicants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Missouri. Applications must apply to the conference through the APS website.

Admitted students will be required to complete a conference registration following admittance. Registration forms will be sent after admittance is confirmed.

All local costs for undergraduate attendees (i.e. lodging, meals, scheduled local transport, conference activities) will be covered by CUWiP. Travel costs to the conference site are the responsibility of the attendee; options for financial support are available (see FAQs).

For general questions about the APS CUWiP:
For questions about the 2020 conference held at the University of Chicago:

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. We will aim to follow the distributions outlined below, but may have to make adjustments. 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.


  • Black Hills State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M University, College Station
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Maryland, College Park/NIST
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Washington State University
  • Yale University

“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”