Friday, January 15th:

Time Activity Location
1:00pm-6:00pm Arrival/Conference Check-In Howey Physics Building
1:00pm-5:30pm Lab tours (possibly including by not limited to:

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Howey Physics Building, Boggs, IEN
6:00pm-6:30pm Dinner: First Half
Welcome Address
Andrea Welsh, Paul Goldbart
Student Center Ballroom
6:30pm-7:00pm Dinner: Second Half
“Physics on the Back of the Envelope” activity
Student Center Ballroom
7:00pm-8:00pm Panel #1: “What can you do with a physics degree outside of Academia?”Panelists:

  • Dr. Zelda Gills, Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Sarah Sharp, senior associate in biomechanics pratice at Exponent
  • Rachel Near, Scientific Advisor Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC
  • Leanne West, GTRI
  • Katherine Sabree, Physical Science Instructor at Fernbank Science Center
Student Center Ballroom
8:00pm-9:00pm Optional Social Events Howey Physics Building

Saturday, January 16th :

Time Activity Location
8:00am-9:00am Breakfast Clough Commons
9:00am-9:45am Plenary Talk #1: Meg Urry – Statistics on Women in Physics Clough Commons Auditorium
10:00am-11:00am Concurrent Workshop 1*  (determined during online registration) Clough Commons Classrooms
11:00am-11:30am Coffee break
11:30am-12:30pm Panel #2: “Research, internships and study-abroads, oh my!”
Moderator: Juliet Dong

  • Jennifer Curtis, Georgia Tech physics research faculty
  • Yanyan ‘Claire’ Ji, intern at Boston Scientific
  • Kate Napier, REU student at NASA
  • Mary Elizabeth Lee, undergraduate researcher with funding
  • Andrea Welsh, studied abroad at CERN
Clough Commons Auditorium
12:30pm-1:50pm Lunch with Speakers Clough Commons Auditorium and Steps
2:00pm-3:00pm Keynote Speaker: Ginger Kerrick Q&A Clough Commons Auditorium
3:00pm-3:30pm Group Photo and Coffee Break
3:30pm-4:45pm Student Talks Session #1

  • Rachel Barker 3:30-3:45
  • Deborah Israel 3:45-4:00
  • Mackenzie Kane 4:00-4:15
  • Mary Elizabeth Lee 4:15-4:30
  • Catherine Miller 4:30-4:45
Clough Commons Auditorium
4:45pm-6:30pm Student Poster Session Clough Commons Atrium
6:45pm-8:30pm Speaker Dinner Speaker: Susan Payne Student Center Ballroom
8:30pm Optional Fun events Student Center

Sunday, January 17th :

Time Activity Location
7:30am-8:30am Breakfast and Coffee Clough Commons Atrium
8:30am-9:15am Plenary Talk #3: Connie Roth Clough Commons Auditorium
9:25am-10:25am Concurrent Workshop 2* Clough Commons Classrooms
10:25am-10:40am Coffee Break Clough Commons Atrium
10:40am-11:40am Student Talks Session # 2

  • Katherine Mitchell 10:40-10:55
  • Krishma Singal 10:55-11:10
  • Emily Thompson 11:10-11:25
  • Sonata Valaitis 11:25-11:40
Clough Commons Classrooms
11:50am-12:50pm Lunch and Panel #3
“Is Graduate School Right for Me?”
Moderator: Krishma SingalPanelists:

  • Dr. Andrew Zangwill, Associate Chair for the Graduate Program at the GT School of Physics
  • Dr. Connie Roth, Associate Chair for the Graduate Program at Emory University
  • Elaine Chambers, graduate student in GT School of Physics
  • Kerry McGill, graduate student in GT School of Chemistry
Clough Auditorium
1:00pm-2:00pm Concurrent Workshop 3 Clough Commons Classrooms
2:10pm-2:55pm Plenary Talk #4: Jane Rigby Clough Commons Auditorium
2:55pm-3:15pm Awards and Closing Ceremonies Clough Commons Auditorium/Student Center Ballroom

Workshop Schedule:

Saturday 10:00am-11:00am:

Topic Location
Astrophysics 423
Biophysics 323
Careers Toolbox 125
Depression and Anxiety:Dealing with Mental Health While in School 127
Community College 131
How to Get Involved in Research 272
Negotiation Skills 278
Science Communication 325
Theory, Experimental, or Computational. Which is for me? 123
Spark, Spin, Freeze 144
Race Roundtable Discussion 150


Sunday 9:25am-10:25am:

Topic Location
Astrophysics 423
Biophysics 323
Career Toolbox  125
How Men can Support Women 127
Imposter Syndrome 131
How to Get Involved in Research 272
Innovation and Entrepreneurship:How Studying Physics Can Develop These Skills 278
Soft Matter Physics 325
Theory, Experimental, or Computational. Which is for me? 144
LGBTQIAP+ Roundtable Discussion 150
Teaching Tips 123


Sunday 1:00pm-2:00pm:

Topic Location
Astrophysics 423
Nonlinear Dynamics 323
Career Toolbox 125
Opportunities for International Students 150
Personal Life and Career Management 131
How to Get Involved in Research 272
Medical Physics 278
Soft Matter Physics 325
Being a Leader: Starting a WiP Group,Leadership Skills, and Mentoring 123
Dealing with Discrimination and Sexual Harassment 127


Astrophysics. Students will learn the about this area of research and the skills required to pursue research in this area.

Being a Leader: Starting a WiP Group, Leadership Skills, Mentoring. Come listen to to some of the students and faculty that have been the leaders and promoters of Women in Physics. We will have students who have started WIP groups, students that have been SPS officers, and faculty in leadership positions.

Biophysics/Physics of Living Systems. Students will learn the about this area of research and the skills required to pursue research in this area.

Careers Toolbox. In this workshop, physics students will learn how to identify skills that are valued in the workplace, describe skills in ways that are meaningful to potential employers, find job opportunities for which they are qualified, and stand out as a candidate. Materials center on helping students identify and articulate the knowledge and skills that stem from a physics background, with resources for building an effective resume, interviewing, networking, and other aspects of the job search all geared specifically for physics students. The Careers Toolbox Workshop is the result of an NSF-funded Career Pathways research effort by the American Institute of Physics to understand and disseminate effective practices for preparing undergraduate physics students to enter the STEM workforce, and will be led by the Society of Physics Students. Although the workshop is aimed at undergraduate physics students, many elements will be useful for physics graduate students as well.

Depression and Anxiety: Dealing with Mental Health While in School. Mental Health is an important topic that is often not discussed in the open, but affects many students. This will be facilitated by one of our councilors from the Georgia Tech Counseling Center, Dr. Merideth Ray. 

Dealing with discrimination and sexual harassment. Unfortunately, many women and other underrepresented minorities face discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace and school. In the news there has been stories of well-known faculty making sexist comments and harassment. Learn what you can do to help yourself and others if you find yourself in such a position.

From Community College to Four-Year Institution. 

How Men Can Support Women in Physics. Lack of women in STEM fields is not just a women’s issue! Listen to men who have been supporters of women in physics and learn how you can also step up to support women.

How to Get Involved in Research.

Impostor Syndrome is collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence. Many women and minorities often experience this in work and schools. This workshop will discuss what impostor syndrome is and how we can combat it.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: How Studying Physics Can Develop These Skills.

LGBTQIAP+ Roundtable. This will be a discussion lead by Dr. Jane Rigby and Andrea Welsh where we will discuss opportunities for LGBTQIAP+ Students in STEM fields, discuss what it feels like to be an LGBTQIAP+ scientist, what directions are STEM fields moving in terms of LGBTQIAP+ students and employees, and what we still need. Allies are welcome!

Medical Physics. Students will learn the about this area of research and the skills required to pursue research in this area.

Negotiating Skills.

Opportunities for International Students.

Personal Life and Career Management. Balancing personal life, whether family, friends or even self, and career can be very difficult. It is important to know where the balance lies for you so that not any one of these dominate your life. Listen to people who have figured it out or are currently figuring it out and learn some tips on how to keep yourself well-balanced students.

Race and Ethnicity Roundtable. Lack of representation is a problem in STEM not only for gender but also race. When those areas are added together, there is even less representation. Listen and talk with non-white men and women who will talk about their experiences in STEM. Come talk with Nicole Cabrera Salazar, Deborah Ortiz, and Preethi Nair.

Science Communication. Dr. Jennifer Leavey and Dr. David Lawrence

Soft Matter Physics. Students will learn the about this area of research and the skills required to pursue research in this area.

Teaching Tips.

Theory, Experiment or Computation: Which is for me? We have a panel ready to talk about how they feel into their area of research, what they do as a theorist, experimentalist or computationalist, what skills they feel are required for their area and how best to prepare.