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Thank you to all of our speakers, participants, and sponsors who made this year’s PNW CUWiP a success!

Looking forward to seeing where you go from here and next year at one of the 13 new CUWiP locations (For PNW-ers, this will either be UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, or Colorado State University)!


Welcome to CUWiP at WSU!

Join us January 17-19, 2020 in Pullman, Washington



The APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, or CUWiP, is a conference intended for undergraduate physics majors. The aim of CUWiP is to provide undergraduate women and gender minorities in physics the opportunity to attend a professional conference, to learn about the many different opportunities in physics, and to connect with other female physicists of all career stages to build supportive and inclusive networks. It is the goal of this conference to work to welcome all undergraduate women and gender minorities. More information about CUWiP can be found on the APS website.

We are so excited to bring CUWiP to Washington State University in January 2020! Go Cougs!

Deadline for application is October 7, 2019!

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.

Applications are open from September 3 – October 7, 2019.

Winter Weather Updates


Weather Update 1/16/2020: WS DOT is asking that all vehicle crossing the mountain passes, including AWD/4WD vehicles, carry chains. They are not required to be on your vehicle, but they should be in your trunk.

Transportation Update, 1/16/2020: Each hotel has a 9-passenger shuttle. On Saturday morning, you can either carpool, use the hotel shuttles, or walk to the conference. The hotels said they would be willing to make multiple trips to accommodate our participants. We also will have two 6-passenger vans that can be used as shuttles to the conference, if need be.

Please plan ahead so you do not miss the welcome address!

The Pacific Northwest is currently experiencing extreme winter weather conditions. We anticipate that the mountain passes will be passable next week based on the weather forecast. For live updates on traffic throughout WA and OR, see here.

For students and faculty that are driving, please exercise caution while traveling to and from CUWiP and plan for longer travel times. Plan your route ahead of time, expect it to take longer than the route says, and be aware of your surroundings. Be sure that you are prepared for winter weather driving and pack a Winter Car Emergency Kit in your car!

The Washington State Department of Transportation is posting updates across the state with details of road conditions here. You can find Oregon State DOT road condition updates here.

Look for impacts to your intended route and plan accordingly. Road conditions to pay close attention to for those traveling from WA and OR: I-5 both directions along your route, I-90 Eastbound, I-82 Eastbound, I-84 Eastbound, SR-26 Eastbound, US-195 Southbound, US-395 Northbound.

If you are traveling across the Cascades, check the Snoqualmie Pass page on the WSDOT website for mountain pass status for collisions, drive times, and possible closures. Also check out .





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.


For a full list of sponsors, click here.

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