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APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors held simultaneously around the US and Canada. Our goal is to empower undergraduate women and gender minorities in their pursuits and aspirations in the field of physics by providing them with an opportunity to connect with peers and leaders, learn strategies for success, and be inspired by experts.

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Registration is now closed. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. There is no on-site registration.

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.

Other APS CUWiP 2020 sites:


Andrea Liu — Keynote Speaker

Hepburn Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania

Andrea Liu is a theoretical soft and living matter physicist who received her A. B. and Ph.D. degrees in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University, respectively. She was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA for ten years before joining the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Liu is currently Speaker-Elect of the Council of the American Physical Society (APS) and Chair-Elect of the Physics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is a fellow of the APS, AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cynthia Correa

Data Scientist, Resy

Cynthia Correa is currently a data scientist at Resy, a reservations management platform for restaurants. There, she is in charge of data modeling, data infrastructure, and business intelligence reporting. Before this, she was developing data research reports for CBS interactive and teaching a data science bootcamp at DSLA. Before her transition into data science, Cynthia did computational plasma physics at the University of Texas at Austin, modeling plasmas on MHD scales as fluids. She led the Women In Physics group at UT Austin, majored in Physics at Harvard, and was born in Mexico, not in this order.

K. Renee Horton

Space Launch System (SLS) Quality Engineer, NASA

Dr. K. Renee Horton is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and lifelong lover of science and NASA. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. of Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in Physics, becoming the first African American to graduate from the University of Alabama in 2011 in this area. Dr. K. Renee Horton currently serves as the Space Launch System (SLS) Quality Engineer in the NASA Residential Management Office at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. She worked for NASA, first as a student from 2009 to 2011, and then started her career as a mechanical test engineer in 2012. In 2014 she was promoted to her current position.

Ayana Ledford

Executive Director of PROGRESS & Director of Diversity Initiatives for Dietrich College, Carnegie Mellon University

Serving as the Executive Director of PROGRESS and Director for Diversity and Inclusion at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Ledford is a highly sought out national lecturer by nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, and academic institutions that aim to improve diversity and inclusion in all facets of their organization. She is an expert on multiple factors influencing women’s long-term career success and utilizes negotiation as an essential leadership skill within her program offerings. She developed an innovative capacity building curriculum, Speak Up!, whose goal is to minimize the wage and leadership gap between men and women.

Mary Soon Lee


Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Her book “Elemental Haiku,” containing haiku for each element of the periodic table, was published by Ten Speed Press in October 2019. Her work has appeared in places ranging from American Scholar, to the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, to Science. Before she took up writing, she had a more analytical background, with degrees in mathematics and computer science from Cambridge University, and an MSc. in astronautics and space engineering from Cranfield University. She tweets at @MarySoonLee and has a website at

Jami Valentine Miller

Primary Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Jami earned a master’s at Brown University, then went to Johns Hopkins University, where she studied the spin properties of rare earth metals under Professor C.L. Chien. In 2006 Jami became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. In 2006 she joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She examines patent applications for a wide variety of semiconductor devices. Dr. Jami founded a website dedicated to African-American women in physics, The goal of the website is to honor the women who paved the way, to inspire future physicists, and to connect with all people interested in promoting diversity in Physics and other STEM fields.

Aria Soha

Engineering Physicist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Aria graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with her BS in Physics in 2002. She then began her career at Fermilab as an Accelerator Operator, operating the Tevatron, and producing anti-protons. She was at the controls when the most anti-protons accumulated in one hour occurred. Aria is currently the Installation Coordinator for the Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) Far Detector, and the Technician Manager for the Fermilab Neutrino Division. She is the founder and current president of the Fermilab Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the first professional chapter at a national lab. She is also the Program Manager of the Fermilab VetTech program, an initiative to employ military veterans and revitalize the retiring technician workforce. Her leadership in this area has been recognized by the US congress whom she has advised on legislation to enshrine the program into law as a model for all DOE labs. Her story was told by Representative Underwood on the House Floor.

Janet Waldeck

Physics Teacher, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School

Janet Waldeck teaches high school physics and research classes. She received her A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Chicago and Stanford University, respectively. She was a research scientist at the Weizmann Institute before moving into education. Janet serves on regional boards of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences. She is involved with reading the AP Physics exams, consults for the National Math and Science Initiative and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and was a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.


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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.