One of the objectives of the WoPHY conference is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a platform to present their research to their peers. This rare opportunity to be an invited speaker at a conference as a student researcher will allow students to develop their ability to present scientific ideas and information. Faculty advisors are invited to nominate their most outstanding undergraduate or graduate researchers to the organizing committee by the procedure described below.
Approximately 20 nominated undergraduates will be selected by the conference organizing committee and invited to present at the meeting. Preference is given to research that is enabled by lasers, but all nominations are considered and there will be sessions about other scientific areas as well.
To nominate a student researcher for an invited talk, faculty advisors should send a short, one-page recommendation letter to the organizing committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Letters of recommendation should include a short description of the research project, suggested title of the talk, and short description of the candidate's qualifications and strengths. It is expected that faculty advisors guide their student in preparing and rehearsing her talk prior to the conference. Any faculty wishing to speak at the conference may also nominate themselves.
Nominations for Travel Scholarships
We have funds to support undergraduate students with their travel expenses. In order to get this support, students will have to indicate their need on the registration page, and in addition, faculty supervisors will have to provide a short statement in which they declare that their department is unable to cover the travel expenses of their students and confirm that their student is active in research and would benefit from this conference. Please note that our funds are limited and that we might not be able to refund travel expenses in full in all cases.