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Young Women's Conference Information

The 2016 Young Women's Conference in STEM will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016. Group check-in begins at 8:00 AM inside Princeton University's Frick Chemistry Building. Young women attending the conference must be in grades 7–10. 

Registration for the 2016 YWC will open on October 16, 2015. In the event that the conference fills to capacity before the registration deadline , your registatration will be placed on the wait-list. Wait-listed registrants will be notified of your status by March 7, 2016.


New participants register HERE!

Previous partcipants login HERE!

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, it is required that you bring at least 3 young women in addition to an adult chaperone to maximize attendance. 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. Registration is free, but must be completed by February 19, 2016.

**Schools that attempt to register more than 10 students, will not be considered or accepted until after the registration deadline, space permitting.** 

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. 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.

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. The registration system can only accept one document to upload; multiple media release forms should be scanned as one document then uploaded.

**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.

Important Dates

Registration Opens: October 16, 2015 @12:00PM ET
Registration Closes: February 19, 2016 @5:00PM ET
Event date: FRIDAY, March 18, 2016

Sample 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
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Evidence Response Team
  • and many more!!

2015 keynote speaker: Kerstin Perez, PhD


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

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Deedee Ortiz at: dortiz@pppl.gov

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