The Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) will be held for the 9th time in January 2014. In addition to the South Central CUWiP at LSU, seven other regional CUWiP will take place across the country at Florida State University, Penn State University, Stony Brook University, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Maryland and University of Utah. These conferences are centrally organized by the American Physical Society. 

The goal of the CUWiP is to empower undergraduate women as they pursue their physics career by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, obtain information about graduate school and/or other professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas. The program includes research talks by prominent female physicists, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research presentations and poster sessions, and several meals during which presenters and students interact.

LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy

LSU Baton Rouge is the flagship institution of the LSU System, with approximately 25,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students enrolled. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the leading research-intensive departments on campus, with more than 40 tenure-track faculty, 120 graduate students, and 100 undergraduate students. Our research activities range from the largest to the smallest scales in space and time, covering gravitation, relativity, astronomy and astrophysics, medical physics, condensed matter physics and materials science, AMO physics and quantum information, and nuclear and particle physics. 

We encourage students to check out our graduate program. Note that the application process is free for US students, and that the CUWiP provides an excellent opportunity to visit LSU in connection with thinking about graduate school.