Four USciences Physics Majors Attend Maryland Physics Conference for Minorities
Published on October 27, 2017
Four physics majors from USciences attended the 2017 Conference for Undergraduate Under represented Minorities (URM) in Physics sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland (UMD) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Oct. 6-8, 2017 at the UMD Campus.
USciences freshman Isaiah Friday, sophomore Despina Nakos, junior Caitlyn McConnel and senior Oberon Wackwitz joined minority physics majors from the Mid-Atlantic region for three days of research and career talks, networking, and discussion of research opportunities in physics.
According to the American Physical Society (APS), only about 800 underrepresented minorities are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physics, and only 20 percent of 2015 undergraduate physics degree recipients are women, according to statistics compiled by APS.