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Physics, Chemical Physics Majors Return from 2018 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

CONWAY, Ark. (February 6, 2018) – Ten Hendrix College students traveled to the University of Kansas to attend the 2018 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), January 12-14, 2018. The CUWiP meetings are a series of regional conferences held simultaneously around the U.S. and Canada for undergraduate women interested in physics. The series encourages undergraduate women to pursue careers in physics by giving them the experience of a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas. Currently, only 20 percent of U.S. students who earn a bachelor’s degree in physics are female, and CUWiP is part of the effort to increase that number.

“The CUWiP meetings are an extremely important platform for encouraging women to persist in physics at the undergraduate level and to seek out careers in physics after graduation,” said Dr. Julie Gunderson ’06, Assistant Professor of Physics. “Research shows that gatherings such as this conference play a positive role in the retention of women in physics. We are grateful to the Hendrix Odyssey Program for providing funding to make this trip possible.” The Department of Physics at Hendrix has sent students and faculty to five annual CUWiP meetings since 2013, and the department plans to attend the January 2019 CUWiP meeting in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Students who attended the conference included physics majors Megan LaPlaunt ’21, Sarah Nicholson ’20, Katherine Parham ’19, Alexis Rivera ’21, Bethany Starr ’19, Nancy Velasquez ’20, and Katie Welch ’21; and chemical physics majors Hailey Hayes ’20, Alexis Krone ’18, and Inaya Molina ’20.

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