Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

California Institute of Technology



We've got an exciting weekend lined up, full of talks, lab tours, movie, and even touring JPL! Below is our most recently updated agenda.

Time Event Location
Friday, January 18
4:00PM-5:00PM Registration 201 E. Bridge
5:00PM-5:30PM Conference Overview and History
Noelle R. B. Stiles, Caltech
201 E. Bridge
5:30PM-6:15PM Welcome Address: Fronteirs in Quantum Matter
Nai Chang Yeh, Caltech
6:15PM-6:30PM Conference Welcome
Jean-Lou Chameau, President of Caltech
6:45PM-7:45PM Dinner Chandler Dining Hall
8:00PM-9:30PM Ice Cream
Caltech students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
Lake Avenue
Saturday, January 19
8:00AM-9:00AM Continental Breakfast Chandler Dining Hall
9:15AM-10:00AM Do Epic Sh*t... Scientists and Engineers Change the World
Regina E. Dugan, Motorola Mobility
201 E. Bridge
10:00AM-10:45AM Physics Research at NSF
Denise Caldwell , National Science Foundation
201 E. Bridge
10:45AM-11:00AM Break
11:00AM-12:30PM Why Diverse Teams will Meet the Science and Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century
Margaret Murnane , University of Colorado at Boulder
201 E. Bridge
12:45PM-1:30PM Lunch Chandler Dining Hall
1:45PM-2:45PM Workshops/ Panels Annenberg
  • Undergraduate Research Panel
    • Spyridon Michalakis, Caltech
    • Rebecca Wernis, Caltech
    • Jennifer Siegal-Gaskins, Caltech
    • Armand R. Tangauy, Jr. University of Southern California
    • Moderator: Charlotte Yang, Caltech

  • The Graduate School Experience panel
    • Farisa Morales, University of Southern California
    • Lauren Pearce, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Melodie Kao, Caltech
    • Nadine Dabby, Caltech
    • Adam Durgasser, Caltech
    • Moderator: Noelle R.B. Stiles, Caltech

  • Graduate School Fellowships Opportunities Panel
    • Kristen Boydstun, Caltech
    • Rebecca Jensen-Clem, Caltech
    • Jose Wudka, University of California, Riverside
    • Moderator: Jackie Villadsen, Caltech

  • Graduate School Admissions Panel
    • John Asher Johnson, Caltech
    • Heather A. Knutson, Caltech
    • Gwen Rudie, Caltech
    • Moderator: Allison Strom, Caltech
1:45PM-2:45PM Lab Tours Meet outside Chandler
3:00PM-3:45PM Poster Session Avery Courtyard
3:00PM-3:45PM Caltech Center for Diversity sponsored Coffee Break Avery Courtyard
4:00PM-5:00PM Workshops/ Panels Annenberg
  • Undergraduate Research Panel
    • Spyridon Michalakis, Caltech
    • Rebecca Wernis, Caltech
    • Jennifer Siegal-Gaskins, Caltech
    • Armand R. Tangauy, Jr. University of Southern California
    • Moderator: Charlotte Yang, Caltech

  • The Graduate School Experience panel
    • Farisa Morales, University of Southern California
    • Lauren Pearce, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Melodie Kao, Caltech
    • Nadine Dabby, Caltech
    • Moderator: Noelle R.B. Stiles, Caltech

  • Graduate School Fellowships Opportunities Panel
    • Kristen Boydstun, Caltech
    • Rebecca Jensen-Clem, Caltech
    • Jose Wudka, University of California, Riverside
    • Moderator: Jackie Villadsen, Caltech

  • Graduate School Admissions Panel
    • John Asher Johnson, Caltech
    • Heather A. Knutson, Caltech
    • Gwen Rudie, Caltech
    • Moderator: Allison Strom, Caltech
4:00PM-5:00PM Lab Tours
5:00PM-6:00PM Student Research Talks 201 E. Bridge
  • Searching for Young Stars in the Solar Neighnorhood
    Nicole Arulanantham, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Characterizing a Resonator Bolometer Array
    Rebecca Wernis, Caltech
  • Exploration of High-Order Sideband Generation in Electron-Hole Collisions
    Victoria Xu, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Effect of Luminescent Solar Concentrators on Algal Growth
    Kaitlin Hellier, University of California, Santa Cruz
6:30PM-8:00PM Dinner and Award Presentation Chandler Dining Hall
8:15PM-9:45PM Movie Night The PhD Movie
With the Cast!
201 E. Bridge
Sunday, January 20
8:15AM-9:00AM Continental Breakfast Chandler Dining Hall
9:15AM-10:00AM Putting Weirdness to Work: Quantum Information Science
John Preskill, Caltech
201 E. Bridge
10:00AM-11:00AM Travel on buses JPL
11:00AM-11:45AM Lord of the Rings: The Cassini Mission to Saturn and Its Moons
Dr. Rosaly Lopes
Von Karman Auditorium, JPL
11:45AM-12:15PM Explore Visitor Center JPL visiting center
12:15PM-1:15PM Travel on buses to Caltech
12:15PM-1:15PM Lunch Chandler Dining Hall
2:30AM-3:15AM 40 Years of Adventures as a Woman in Astrophysics
Dr. Judy Cohen
201 E. Bridge
3:15PM-3:45PM Conference Summary and Discussion 201 E. Bridge