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Young Women's Conference Information

Registration for the 2015 Young Women's Conference is NOW CLOSED. Anyone registering after January 5, 2015 will be placed on the wait-list. You will be notified of your status by February 27, 2015.

New participants register HERE!

Previous partcipants login HERE!

The 2015 YWC will be held on THURSDAY, March 19, 2015. Group check-in begins at 8:00 AM inside Princeton University's Frick Chemistry Building.

Attendance for the Young Women’s Conference is limited to groups of at least 3 and at most 10 young women. Typically, schools select students to attend based on interest and performance in science classes.  If you are a parent or guardian thinking of bringing your daughter to the event, we just require that you bring at least 3 young women in addition to an adult chaperone.

Students who attend the YWC must be in grades 7–10 and be female.  

Registration is free but must be completed by February 13th, 2015.  In order to register, schools must provide the total number of students attending (limit of 10 students and 1 chaperone), any dietary restrictions, and a media release form signed by the student's parent/guardian. The registration system can only accept one document to upload. Multiple media release forms should be scanned as one document then uploaded. Requests to bring more than 10 students should be noted in the "Comments" section of the registration form and you will be notified after the registration deadline if we can accommodate your group.

Please note that you must "Final Submit" your registration to be considered.

We have a very limited amount of support for buses available for schools that demonstrate need. Please email Deedee Ortiz with any inquiries on transportation requests to YWC.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so we encourage you to complete the registration process as early as possible. **Schools that attempt to register more than 10 students, will not be considered or accepted until after the registration deadline, space permitting.** 

Important Dates

Registration Opens: October 15, 2014
Registration Closes: February 13, 2015
Event date: THURSDAY, March 19, 2015
Download a copy of our media release form. Please have a parent or guardian for each student print, complete/sign and return to you. You must then login to your YWC registration account and upload each signed form.

2015 YWC Agenda

Previous participating exhibitors include (but not limited to!):

  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Princeton University
  • NJ Medical Examiner's Office
  • Liberty Science Center
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Princeton Power Systems
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • PSE&G
  • FBI
  • and many more!!

Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kersten Perez, Associate Professor, at Haverford College, PA.Some more info on Dr. Perez below:

Kerstin Perez


Kerstin Perez was born and raised in West Philadelphia, not far from Haverford campus. She attended high school at the city’s historic Central High School, and then went on to earn her B.A. at Columbia University and her Ph.D. from Caltech.

Captivated by the fundamental questions of high-energy particle physics (as well as the opportunity to live in Switzerland), she performed her thesis research at CERN laboratories as a member of the ATLAS collaboration. Her work focused on commissioning the ATLAS pixel detector in preparation for the very first LHC collisions and on understanding hadronic jet physics with initial data.

As a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, she was seduced away from LHC physics by the opportunity to help design and build the GAPS experiment, a balloon-borne search for antiproton and antideuteron signatures of dark matter interactions in the Galactic halo. With GAPS, she uses cosmic particles to probe many of the same physics processes explored by the LHC, such as supersymmetry and extra-dimensional theories.  Building on her experience with semiconducting detectors, she has led the development of Si(Li) detectors that lie at the heart of the GAPS design. While she was busy looking out to space for hints of new particle interactions, she also led the analysis of high-energy X-ray signals from the Galactic Center with the NuSTAR satellite telescope array. She is currently working to expand the NuSTAR program to look for X-ray signature of exotic particle physics processes, and to join optics development with the International Axion Observatory (IAXO) collaboration.

She also places great emphasis on the communication of scientific progress, problems, and passion to the non-expert, in particular to students who, because of cultural factors or lack of exposure, have not considered the career paths that a science education opens. She has participated in many public lecture programs, mentored numerous students, and developed and run a course for high school students based on modern scientific research.


B.A., Columbia University (Physics and Mathematics) - 2005

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (Physics) - 2011


Astroparticle searches for evidence of dark matter interactions; semiconducting Si detector technology; high-energy X-ray astrophysics and signatures of exotic particle physics processes

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