NOVA students attend CUWiP at George Washington University

NOVA students with interest in physics, engineering, or other physical sciences attended the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics organized by the George Washington University and sponsored by the American Physical Society. The conference took place  from January 12th to 14th, 2018, at GW’s downtown Washington DC campus. Student had opportunity to visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on Friday, and attend plenary talks, workshops, and poster sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Students from the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia attended. More than 10 NOVA female science students attended most of them having taking their classes at the Alexandria and Loudoun campuses.

The plenary speakers included Kawtar Hafidi from Argonne National Laboratory, Patricia Burchat from Stanford University, Nancy Jo Nicholas from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Luz Martinez-Miranda from University of Maryland. Students could choose among concurrent workshops on transfer from 2-yr to 4-yr institutions, how to succeed in non-academic science-related job, and how to find support for under-represented minorities in physics. The expenses of attendances including meals and accommodation were covered by the organizers for all our NOVA students who were able to enjoy this unique opportunity completely free of charge.


Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics comes to DC

Hello NOVA Women in Physics, Physical Sciences, or Engineering!
The Physics Department at the Alexandria campus has been collaborating with the George Washington University on bringing an APS-sponsored Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in January 2018. The application is now open and closes on Friday, October 13, 2017.

What, Where, and When

If you are a woman studying physics or related field at NOVA, you have the unique opportunity to attend CUWiP in January hosted by the George Washington University.  You do not really need to be a declared Physics major, only be taking or have taken Physics classes, and be interested in career opportunities in Physics.
The conference is sponsored by the American Physical Society and is hosted by the George Washington University. It runs Friday evening, January 12, till Sunday afternoon, January 14,  2018.


Lodging and meals will be provided for participants who are accepted to the conference. In the past, CUWiP has been able to ensure that nearly all students had travel support either through their department or through the conference. For inquiries, email

How To Apply And More Information

Here is the original letter of invitation to apply.  More information about the conference is available at:

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 13, 2017.

For questions or other inquiries, feel free to email the organizer, Prof. Evangeline Downie at The contact person at NOVA is the Assistant Dean for Physics at the Alexandria campus, Prof. Tatiana Stantcheva