Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • General Questions
    • When will the event be?
      • CUPC 2017 will be held from October 20th to October 24th
    • How can I get funding for my CUPC expenses?
      • You can reach out to your physics department for funding, and/or your supervisor if you are currently doing research. Additionally, your university or student association may have funds in place for students attending conferences.
    • What if I’m new to my physics degree?
      • CUPC 2017 is open to everyone with a love for physics, and will feature events for people with all levels of physics education
    • I can’t attend the whole conference. Should I still attend part of it?
      • You are welcome to attend part of the conference! However, keep in mind that your attendance fees cover the entire conference. If you are being funded by an outside source you may want to check with them first if you plan to miss part of the conference.
    • Will there be a dress code?
      • The dress code for the Opening Reception is Business Casual, but other than that, feel free to wear whatever you like!
    • Can you help me with travel expenses?
      • You can apply to have your transportation fees funded by our travel grants, and we have partnerships with VIA Rail, Porter Airlines, and Westjet for 10% travel discounts.
    • What if I have any other questions?
  • Questions Concerning Talks
    • I want to give a talk. What should I talk about?
      • You should talk about your undergraduate research in physics!
    • How long should my talk be?
      • Your talk should be a maximum of 10 minutes long. Each talk is followed by 2-3 minute question period.
    • I don’t have a presentation or poster, can I still attend?
      • Yes! Many students attend CUPC without presentations. CUPC is an excellent opportunity to learn about research you may be interested in, and to experience a conference setting.
    • How do I submit the abstract for my talk?
      • You can submit the abstract for your talk during our registration process. Please keep your abstract under 150 words.
    • There is a subject that I find interesting, but I’m no expert at it. Should I talk about it?
      • CUPC 2017’s student presentations are structured around student research. Unfortunately, we are not accepting presentations in topics that you have not researched.
    • How can I tell how long my talk is?
      • During your talk, a volunteer will provide visual indicators to indicate how much time you have left.
    • Which language should my talk be in? English or French?
      • The primary language for talks will be English, and we will have a dedicated section for students wishing to present in French.
    • I’m very nervous; this is the first time I give a talk. What should I do about it?
      • Practice! Friends, family, and your research supervisor can all provide valuable feedback. CUPC 2017 is learning environment for students to become comfortable with giving talks, and our judges will provide feedback meant to help you improve. You can find some good tips on giving a presentation here: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/public-speaking-tips
    • There are two talks I’d like to attend, but they are given at the same time!
      • Unfortunately, given the amount of speakers we are expecting for CUPC 2017, we must run presentations concurrently. You’re welcome to chat with the presenters that you missed and ask for presentation slides, or visit them if they are presenting a poster.
    • There is a talk that seems very interesting to me, but I don’t have all the prerequisites. Should I still attend it?
      • Yes! We encourage everyone to attend the talks they are interested in, regardless of their physics background.
  • FAQ for Potential Sponsors
    • Why should we sponsor your event?
      • CUPC 2017 attracts the brightest physics students from around the country. It’s a unique opportunity to promote your organization and meet the next generation of Canadian physicists.