October 31, 2014

Women in physical science conference begins Nov. 6

The sixth annual conference for undergraduate women in physical sciences will be held Nov. 6-8 at the Nebraska Champions Club. On Nov. 8, the sessions will be held in the Jorgensen Hall.

The theme this year is “Nano Rising 2014” and will highlight progress in the search for new materials and nanoscience. The conference is geared toward students in physical science areas of study. It is also designed for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in physics, chemistry, engineering, astronomy or related STEM disciplines.

Participants will present research results during “invited talks” or “poster sessions.” Social activities will also provide time to share experiences and interests with other students and UNL faculty members.

The WoPHY conference will begin with a presentation from a keynote speaker, followed by invited talks given by undergraduate researchers.

Highlights of the WoPHY conference will be panel discussions and presentations that focus on offering advice and information to guide aspiring physicists in their careers. Students will get in contact with established scientists and faculty to obtain advice, gain insight in the daily work of a scientist, network with one another and have fun.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Amber Boehnlein, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

  • Albina Borisevich, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Raychelle Burks, Doane College

  • Lucia Fernandez-Ballester, UNL

  • Kamlesh Lulla, NASA

  • Lydia Sohn, University of California, Berkeley

  • Yanning Sun, IBM Yorktown Heights

  • Sarah Tolbert, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Michelle Waite, UNL

This 2014 WoPHY conference will be held in partnership with the Nebraska Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and the Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials. Support is also provided by Nebraska EPSCoR, the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, the AMO Program of Excellence, UNL’s Office of Research and Economic Development and UNL’s College of Arts & Sciences.

For questions or more information on the conference, go to http://wophy.unl.edu/ or call 402-472-6933.