PghCUWiP 2020 Agenda

The agenda below can be downloaded into most calendar/planner apps.

Click on any event to see location and more info.  All times are Eastern Standard.

Descriptions of workshops can be found below the agenda.


Below are brief descriptions of the workshops/panels being offered during Workshop Parallel Sessions.  Note that not all workshops are offered in each session (see agenda above).

Applying to Graduate School: A panel of faculty and grad students answer questions about the application process and what applicants should look for in a school. (Sessions II and III)

Careers Beyond Academia: A panel of non-academics discussing opportunities, available careers, initiatives and work environments within industry and at national labs. (Sessions II and III)

Choosing a research Advisor: A panel discussion about day-to-day experiences as a research student (graduate or undergraduate) and how to choose the right advisor for your learning/working style and physics interests. (Session I)

Communicating with a Non-physics Audience: A panel of authors and public speakers answer questions discuss and answer questions about engaging with a general audience. (Sessions II and III)

Cultivating a Growth Mindset: A workshop discussion of research studies that show how different types of social psychological interventions (e.g., social belonging and growth mindset) have improved the motivation and learning outcomes of all students, especially women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. (Session II)

Getting Involved in Research: Discussion of opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research at their home institution or through research internships at laboratories or other institutions. (Sessions I and III)

Identity/Intersectionality: An introduction to intersectionality and how we use our various self-identities contribute to a dynamic, productive, and inclusive community. (Session III only)

LGBTQ+ Roundtable: Discussions about LGBTQ+ issues in physics, available resources, and opportunities/ideas for change. (Session II only)

Negotiation Seminar: A workshop teaching women strategies for negotiating a better salary, asking for workplace changes, etc. (Sessions II and III)

Physics Education: A panel discussing the opportunities and advantages of a career in physics education; will discuss traditional certification/secondary education tracks and research careers in physics education. (Session III only)

Professional Skills: Workshop presenting strategies for interviewing, networking, developing an “elevator pitch”, writing an effective CV and/or personal statement, etc. (Session I)

Transitioning to a Four-year Physics Program: Panel discussion including a discussion of physics as a major and a career, with emphasis on advice for transitioning from a 2- to 4-year program. (Session III)

Women of Color Roundtable: Discussions about issues surrounding Women of Color in physics, available resources, and opportunities/ideas for change. (Session II)

Work/Life Balance — Family: Panel discussion about balancing a physics career with familial needs (becoming a parent, caring for relatives). (Sessions I and II)

Work/Life Balance — Personal Interests: Panel discussion about balancing a physics career with hobbies, interests, personal needs, and wellness. (Sessions I and II)