At the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, we have developed a wide range of speakers, tours, and presentations for all those who will be attending. 

The conference will officially start Friday January 17 at 7 pm, with dinner and the career panel. On Friday afternoon, we offer a reception and tours, both optional. The reception will be 2-3 pm, and the tours start at 3pm, for details see Tours. During the conference, all presentations will be in the Atchafalaya Room and all meals will be in the Magnolia Room, both in the LSU Union.  Click this link for a map of the LSU Union. All buses will pick up/drop off at the North entrance of the Union, on Raphael Semmes Rd.  Click this link for a map of the third floor of the Union.

Friday, January 17 -
1:30 PM Registration is Open  - Atchafalaya Room
2:00 - 3:00 PM - Welcome/Opening reception  - Atchafalaya Room
3:00 - 7:00 PM - Lab tours, with different options:
  • LIGO Livingston Observatory
  • Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD)
6:30 PM Registration is Open  - Magnolia Room
7:00 - 7:15 PM - Mette Gaarde:  Conference Opening  - Magnolia Room
Michael Cherry (Dept. Chair):  Welcome
7:15 - 9:00 PM - Dinner with Career Panel - Magnolia Room
Linda Young (Argonne National Lab.), Premala Chandra (Rugers University), Zelda Gills (Lookheed-Martin), Rebecca Guidry (Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center), Mia Ferris (Dutchtown High School)
Moderator: Bethany Broekhoven (LSU)
9:00 - 10:00 PM Ice cream social - Nicholson Hall Library; Visit to in-house Landolt Astronomical Observatory.

Saturday, January 18 -
8:30 - 9:00 AM - Zelda Gills (Lockheed Martin) - Atchafalaya Room
"Competencies for Success as a Physicist in Industry"
Presentation  →  PDF
9:00 - 9:30 AM - Premala Chandra (Rutgers University)
"Thoughts on My Physics Life in Progress"
Presentation  →  PDF
9:30 - 10:00 AM - Linda Young (Argonne National Laboratory)
"Adventures with the world's first x-ray free electron laser"
Presentation  →  PDF
10:00 - 10:30 AM - Group Photo, and start to set up posters
10:30 - 11:45 AM - Graduate panel: Premala Chandra (Admissions, Rutgers Univ.), Mette Gaarde (Admisisons, LSU), Kenneth Matthews (Medical Physics Admissions, LSU), Ashley Pagnotta (former graduate student), Amber Lauer (LSU, current graduate student)
Moderator: Hannah Gardiner (LSU)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Lunch - Magnolia Room
1:00 - 2:30 PM -

Keynote speaker: Debra Fischer (Yale University)
Presentation  →  PDF

*The Keynote Speaker will be hosted at Penn State University and simul-cast to all the CUWiP's.  Participants at each conference will have a chance to ask questions. - Nicholson 130

2:30 - 4:00 PM - Poster Session with peer judges.
During the post session, the following organization will also be represented at booths: the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Science (CSWP), and the LSU Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.
4:00 - 4:30 PM - Catherine Deibel (Louisiana State University)
"The Explosive Lives of Stars: Producing Elements in the Cauldrons of the Cosmos"
Presentation  →  PDF
4:30 - 5:00 PM - Rebecca Guidry (Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center)
"Clinical Aspects of Medical Radiation Physics"
Presentation  →  PDF
5:00 - 5:30 PM - Ashley Pagnotta (American Museum of Natural History)
"Day and Night at the Museum"
5:30 - 7:00 PM - Networking/small sessions on graduate school, REU, industry research.
During the post session, the following organization will also be represented at booths: the APS, the AAPT, the APS CSWP, and the LSU REU program.
7:00 - 9:00 PM - Dinner with Poster Prize ceremony, and panel on undergraduate research and work opportunities: Theda Daniels-Race (Electrical-Computing Engineering, LSU), Colleen Fava (LaSPACE), Hannah Gardiner (undergraduate, LSU), Arlene Modesto-Knowles (APS), Phillip Sprunger (LSU REU).
Moderator: Amy LeBleu (LSU)

Sunday, January 19 -
8:30 - 9:30 AM - Status/panel on women and minorities in physics
Marco Cavaglia (University of Mississippi), Gabriela Gonzalez (Louisiana State University), Paul Gueye (NSBP/Hampton University).
Presentation  →  PDF
9:30 - 10:30 AM - Undergraduate research talks:
  • 9:30-9:45 AM - Colleen Lattyak
    "Cosmic Perturbations in Contracting Expanding Phases in the Universe"

  • 9:45-10:00 AM - Katya Arquilla
    "Diagnosing Mass Flows Around T Tauri Stars"
    Presentation → PDF

  • 10:00-10:15 AM - Hannah Gardiner
    "Developing a Position Sensitive Ionization Chamber for ANASEN"
    Presentation  →  PDF

  • 10:15-10:30 AM - Ying Wun Yvonne Ng
    "Noise Analysis of the Prototype Gas Electron Multiplier Radiation Detector and its Long Term Behavior Study by Kpix"
    Presentation  →  PDF
10:30 - 11:00 AM - Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 AM - Ward Plummer (Louisiana State University)
"Materials for the 21st Century: the thrill of discovery and innovation"
Presentation  → PDF
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Gabriela Gonzalez (Louisiana State University)
"Opening a new window to the Universe with gravitational waves"
Presentation  →  PDF
12:00 - 1:30 PM - Lunch, with conference feedback and final networking
1:30 - 3:00 PM - Optional: Writing workshop - How to compose a CV and personal essay  --  PDF