The UO Physics Dept. successfully wrapped up two large events in one week: the 2018 the Northwest Regional APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics & the ‘Physics Slam’
When associate professor Stephanie Majewski of the physics department and her colleagues were planning the upcoming Northwest Regional Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, they were not overwhelmed by interest in the event. They were greatly overwhelmed, with well over 200 attendees flying in from colleges across the northwest.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many female physicists together in one place.” Majewski said.
Majewski attributed the increase to a growing number of women entering STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — fields and an increasing sense of community among female undergrads currently in those fields, which has led to a virtuous cycle. One goal of the conference is to build on that sense of community, Majewski said.
As part of the conference the Physics department held it’s wildly successful ‘Physics Slam.’ The event, which was open to the public, drew a crowd of well over 600. The event challenges six UO faculty members to explain their complex research in 10 minutes.
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