High School One-Day Mini-Conference

University of Kansas

Saturday, January 13, 2018

High school students interested in possible careers in science, technology, math or engineering are invited to attend a one-day conference at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The high school program is being held in conjunction with the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)  and will include panel discussions, workshops, student research talks, and a poster session.

The American Physical Society’s CUWiP program at the University of Kansas is part of a group of regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors that will be held January 12-14,2018. The primary goal of the conference is to help women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas. 

High School Mini-Conference Schedule
All times listed below are Central Standard Time

8:00-8:30 a.m. High School Mini-Conference Check-In 5th Floor, Kansas Union
8:30-9:20 a.m. Opening Session
Welcome Remarks - Jennifer Hamer, KU Provost's Office

Challenges for Women in STEM
As seen from the high profile #metoo movement to more mundane structural discrimination, women in STEM face many challenges. These challenges are often exacerbated in fields (such as physics) which are overwhelmingly male, and when the women are members of multiple minority groups (like people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, or visible non-Christian religious groups). Despite the bleak past, there are some reasons to have hope for the future, including initiatives such as CUWiP, NSF INCLUDES and ADVANCE programs. These build on awareness, long shared by women in a "whisper network" but now slowly becoming more public, that it is not only individual biases that need to be addressed, but deeper, systemic issues. In this talk, I'll briefly go over the state of sexist discrimination and harassment in physics. I will outline some things that we can do as individuals and collectively to combat pervasive sexism.
Eleanor Sayre, Kansas State University
Woodruff Auditorium
5th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30 a.m.-noon

Networking Fair
Visit with representatives from various KU departments, student organizations, other colleges and universities, companies, and professional organizations during this drop-in session.

Organizations expected to attend:
- American Physical Society
- Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity
- Fermilab Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST)
- Kansas State University Department of Physics
- Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellowship
- Rockhurst University Department of Physics
- Society of Physics Students
- University of Kansas Center for STEM Learning/UKanTeach Program
- University of Kansas Department of Geology
- University of Kansas Department of Physics and Astronomy
- University of Kansas School of Engineering

Big 12/Jayhawk Rooms 
5th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 1A 

Science Communication Panel
As scientists, one of our responsibilities is to ensure that our work is accessible to and understandable by the general public. These panelists will share how they have accomplished this in their careers and discuss what you can do to be an effective communicator.

Alice Bean
- Kate Greene
Eileen Hawley
Rebecca Thompson
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 1B

Graduate Student Panel
Ever wonder what life is like as a graduate student? Get the straight dope from people who lived/are living it.

Samantha Brunker
Brittany Henke
- Sriharsha Pothapragada
Caitlin Rochford Friedman
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 1C

High School Mini-Conference Session: Becoming an Undergraduate
The panelists will share their experiences as undergraduate students and give the attendees ideas on what to expect in the transition from high school to college and beyond.

Clara Bernauer
​- Pauline Dredger
Erica Pruett
Centennial Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
10:30-11:00 a.m. Morning Break Parlors
5th Floor, Kansas Union
11:00-11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session 2A

Role Models for the Next Generation of Scientists
Each generation builds upon the previous ones. These panelists will share the paths they took to their current positions, who inspired them along the way, and what they are doing to bring along the next generation, including members of the audience.

Billie Lubis
Carrie McGivern
- Angela Speck
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
11:00-11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session 2B

Teaching Panel
Are you considering a career in science education? This panel will discuss teaching at the high school and collegiate levels.

- Andy Bricker
Drew Overholt
Lynett Rock
Connie Wells
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
11:00-11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session 2C

High School Mini-Conference Workshop: Apply to College
Participants will learn what to include in their application materials and how to make their applications stand out for the purposes of both admissions and potential scholarship/honors opportunities.

Lisa Wolf-Wendel
Centennial Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch Ballroom
5th Floor, Kansas Union
1:00-2:30 p.m. CUWiP National Keynote Address
Patricia Burchat, Stanford University
Woodruff Auditorium
5th Floor, Kansas Union
2:30-3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break Parlors
5th Floor, Kansas Union
3:00-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 3A

Undergraduate Research Panel
You don't need a Ph.D. to get involved in scientific research. Join our panel of current and recently former undergraduates as they discuss how they got into physics research and what it is like to contribute to the sum of human knowledge.

- Tia Camarillo
Carin Gavin
- Eilish Gibson
Christina Schoenrogge
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
3:00-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 3B

​A Fork in the Road - Academia or Industry?
So you're thinking about choosing a career track, but don't know what path is for you? This panel shares the pros and cons of academia and industry jobs to help you decide.

Robynn Andracsek
​- Steve Hawley
Julianne Pollard-Larkin
- Laura Stiles
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
3:00-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 3C

STEP UP 4 Women - How You Can Help Change the Physics Community
While nearly one half of the students taking physics in high school are women, only a fifth of the students interested in physics majors in college are women. How can you help change this pattern? Learn more at stepup4women.org

Rebecca Thompson
Centennial Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
4:00-5:30 p.m. Undergraduate Student Research Poster Session Alderson Auditorium
4th Floor, Kansas Union

Getting to Lawrence and KU

The University of Kansas
Most people arrive in Lawrence through I-70, exit 202 or 204. You may park at the Mississippi Street Parking Garage at a rate of $1.75 per hour, or you may park for free in campus yellow lots 53, 92, or 94

Site Location

Kansas Memorial Union
Attendees will check-in on the 5th floor of The Kansas Memorial Union next to the Ballroom. For a map of the union, please reference this link.

Contact Information


Conference Flier
Code of Conduct
Conference Resources

Physics & Astronomy Department
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Malott Hall, Room 1082
Lawrence, KS 66045

(Central Standard Time)