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 2019, the conference will be held from January 18-20th at the University of Ottawa.
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.
No. You apply to attend a CCUWiP conference (the one closest to you), and you are accepted, wait-listed or declined according to the criteria listed above. Application is free, and the deadline is to be determined. After you have been accepted, you can then register with the conference to which you have been accepted (you may be assigned to a different conference depending on the number of applications) to confirm that you will actually be attending.
No, but you should have an estimate of the cost, particularly if you think you may be applying for travel support because your travel costs are not being fully covered by your department or other funding source(s).In such a case, your airfare must be approved by the conference organizers before you book your travel. Due to the limited nature of our travel funds, we ask that you find the most economical means of transportation to and from the conference. Please see our travel and accomodations page for information on how to acquire funding.
First, make sure you submit your application by the deadline. Second, make sure you put some thought into why you want to attend and what you want to get out of the conference. Please answer all questions on the application honestly and fully. Offering to present a talk or a poster will not affect your chances of being selected to attend.
Students who are accepted to attend the conference must pay a one-time registration fee of $45 CAD, which helps offset some of the cost of the conference, including all lodging and meals. 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 least two days in advance of registering.
Lodging (for non-local students) and food will be covered by the conference; you do not need to pay for your hotel room or food at the conference. We expect that your travel expenses will be covered by your home department or other funding source(s). However, if you are not able to secure sufficient funding to cover these expenses, limited travel funding is available.
Please talk to your department chair, manager, or director of undergraduate studies before registering for CCUWiP. You might ask an academic advisor, faculty member you know, or other mentor for guidance about who to ask if you are unsure. You can also contact us if you would like guidance in asking your department for travel funds.
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.
Students from the U.S. are encouraged to apply for one of the APS CUWiP sites becuase priority will be given to Canadian students; this conference is not intended to be a graduate school visit. Please note that 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 site at the University of Ottawa. 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.
CCUWiP is only able to fund students from Canadian institutions, and APS is only able to fund students attending universities in the U.S. We welcome students who are attending institutions that are not in Canada or the U.S. to email our site at email@example.com or another CUWiP site to ask if you can apply to attend. No financial support for travel or accommodation is available from CCUWiP or CUWiP for students accepted to attend from institutions outside of Canada or the US.
Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to the conference. We encourage students to coordinate with other attendees from their institution. Please be in communication with your local chair or faculty member if your department is reimbursing you for travel costs. If your department cannot fund your travel, please contact us.
We will be directing you to OC Transpo, Ottawa’s transit system. A bus ride costs $3.50. A detailed guide is posted on our Travel and Accomodation page – please don’t hesitate to contact us if further guidance is needed.
If you are being reimbursed by the conference (rather than by your department or other sponsors): after the conference, you can submit the reimbursement form that will be provided to you. Reimbursement (at least the pre-approved amount) will be mailed to you within a month of the conference. For more details please contact us.
The student talks and posters 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!
We will have an application page to submit your abstract separate from the application to attend the conference itself. When you submit an application to present, you will be asked to include a 250 word abstract on your talk or poster along with a title and give the talk a category.
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!
We will have a windows computer provided and a projector. You may bring a usb stick to load whatever visual aids you need. You may also bring your own laptop if you wish but we will only have an HDMI cable.
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.
The conference has no dress code, and we encourage students to be comfortable. There will be a dinner banquet and many students enjoy dressing up for this event. You may wish to look at photos of previous conferences to see what students typically wear. Ottawa can be very cold and windy in January, so make sure you dress warm when travelling between sites. Good indoor walking shoes are recommended while attending the conference.
If you feel comfortable doing so, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we are aware of your concerns. We encourage you to try your best during the networking opportunities, but if you would like to be paired up with someone you know (either in rooming or meals) please let us know so we can try to accommodate you. We understand that everyone needs to go at their own pace and we are here to support you to the best of our abilities. It is our hope that everyone will be able to comfortably attend the conference and get something from it.