The annual Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) is a national conference that gathers physics students and professionals from across the country. Delegates will be participating in plenary lectures, workshops, panels, networking activities, student talks, student poster sessions, and lab tours. This professional conference aims to create an environment where delegates can build networks, present research, and explore career paths, while also promoting diversity and discussing women in physics, mental health, and LGBTQ+ issues. CCUWiP is part of a three-day conference series held in conjunction with other regionally-run CUWiPs across the United States which are coordinated by the American Physical Society (APS).In 2022, the conference will be held as a virtual event from January 21-23.
Yes! You must be over 18 years old at the time of the conference to apply to CCUWiP.
Yes! Applications are in no way affected by your gender or sexual identity. All are welcome.
Any undergraduate student attending a Canadian university, college, or CEGEP may apply.
It is very important to complete all parts of the application and to write a thoughtful Applicant Statement. If conferences are oversubscribed, priority will be given to applicants who:
- Are undergraduate physics or engineering physics majors
- Have never attended a CCUWiP or APS CUWiP
There is no formal application or registration process for non-undergraduate students and interested faculty/mentors. We encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org for details about attendance and participation.
Yes! The application and registration form are the same for the 2022 conference. Please email email@example.com if you are no longer able to attend the conference.
Since we are the only site in Canada hosting the conference, we may accept applications from any university in Canada. For American conference locations, please see the APS CUWiP map
Cost and Funding
Many Physics Departments pay for their students to attend the conference. If the Department is unable, we will contact delgates to pay the $15 conference fee, which helps offset some of the cost of the conference and will help to build a fund to be used to support future in-person conferences. If you cannot afford the registration fee and your department/college is unable to help, you may request a fee waiver by submitting a statement attesting to your financial need and verifying that department or university funds are not available. Further details will be provided when you are invited to register for the conference. You must request a fee waiver at the time you apply for the conference or email firstname.lastname@example.org before the conference.
No! While we encourage you to present a talk or a poster if you have been involved in research, you are welcome just to attend the conference and participate in the activities. Offering to present a poster will not affect your chances of being selected to attend.
The content of this year’s conference will not be exactly the same as last year’s, and you are welcome to apply to attend again. However, if more students apply than we can accommodate, preference will be given to students who have never attended a CCUWiP.
Yes, all attendees must apply by the deadline.
Students from the U.S. are encouraged to apply for one of the APS CUWiP sites because priority will be given to Canadian students; this conference is not intended to be a graduate school event. Please note that, for in-person conferences, if a U.S. student applies to CCUWiP and is accepted, because of the high demand of students and travel costs of those who are not in our region, we will only be able to reimburse travel expenses for Canadian students.
Students from Canada are encouraged to apply to the Canadian conference. For in-person conferences, students from Canada may apply to closer U.S. sites if desired. However, Canadian students accepted to U.S. sites are not eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses from either the U.S. CUWiP or the CCUWiP.
Yes, undergraduate students at any U.S. or Canadian college, university, or CEGEP may apply.
Unfortunately, this conference is specifically for undergraduate students. If you are interested in attending similar conferences, there are the Women in Physics (WIPC), and a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conferences happening annually as well.Only undergraduate students who will be over 18 at the time of the conference may apply to CCUWiP.
Yes! Everyone is welcome. Students of all genders are welcome and encouraged to attend this conference.
Student Talks and Posters
The student poster presentationss give students the opportunity to practise their presentation skills in an accepting environment and to share their research. They also give all conference delegates the opportunity to learn more about the research in physics that the student presenters are involved in. We are encouraging anyone who is interested to submit an application!
You can apply to present on the registration form.
Usually the posters and talks are about the student’s research but we are open to other proposals. The talk does not need to be about research. If you have an interesting idea about women in physics, intersectionality, or any other topic appropriate for this conference, you can also present!
Once you receive the virtual conference link information, you are asked to connect to make sure that your system is compatible and you have downloaded all required software prior to the event. All speakers should plan to connect to the conference at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their session to verify that the connection is working and that they are ready to start their presentation when called upon.
We will be marking on presentation skills, organization of slides and poster, clarity and the research. We will release the rubric closer to the deadline!
We will have a team of graduate students or faculty marking the posters and talks.
Grad and Career Fair
The grad and career fair is an event that allows attendees and recruiters from schools and companies to interact. If you are interested in attending Grad school or applying for a job at a physics related job this is the place for you!
Yes! The grad /career fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the possibility of physics and physics related fields. It also allows you the chance to talk to recruiters about their experiences.
Although you will be attending a virtual conference, this is an official physics event. We encourage all participants to dress comfortably and be suitably attired for video connection, particularly if you will be a presenter.
We will request information on disability status on the registration form. Please contact us in advance if you have special requirements, and we will work to accommodate you.
Anyone attending the virtual conference who will be presenting should let the organizers know if there will be times that should be avoided as they plan the schedule of talks.
Please see our Presentation Guidelines page for more information.
Yes! We have set up a Facebook page: Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics or check us out on Instagram @ccuwip2022.
For the virtual conference, if you are concerned about any aspect of participation in the event, if you feel comfortable doing so, we invite you to contact the organizing group at email@example.com to make them aware of your concerns so that they can look at ways in which to make your participation as comfortable and rewarding as possible.