Stony Brook University and Brookhaven Lab Host Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Physics majors learned from experts and toured cutting-edge facilities to understand the wide range of career opportunities and challenges in physics

Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory recently hosted some of the brightest and most curious young women in the country for a conference on careers in physics. From Jan. 16-19, some 99 undergraduate physics majors participated in the 2014 East Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, meeting peers and women of all ages with whom they could share experiences, advice, and ideas.

“Brookhaven Lab remains committed to promoting diversity in science and empowering all students interested in physics,” said Doon Gibbs, Director of Brookhaven National Lab. “We are proud to partner with Stony Brook and humbled by the incredible amount of talent and potential in this rising generation of scientists.”

The three-day regional conference, hosted on the campuses of both Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University, provided a rare opportunity to get first-hand accounts of the entire physics career path, from graduate school to working at some of the most advanced research facilities in the world.

Highlights from the conference—organized by Stony Brook’s Abhay Deshpande and Brookhaven’s Noel Blackburn—included tours of the Lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and National Synchrotron Light Source II, poster sessions, and expert presentations ranging from the quest for the Higgs boson to the link between physics and finance.

The nationwide Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the American Physical Society.

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