Second year Mathematical Physics student, Aastha Rawat, recently attended the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) UK at the University of Oxford in March 2017.
The conference aims to provide undergraduate female physics students with the opportunity to participate in a conference that is focused on their development as well as highlighting options for their educational and professional futures.
“It was one of the most motivating and best experiences of my life so far, both as a young physicist and as a woman,” Aastha said.
“One hundred women from all over the UK attended this conference. It felt absolutely incredible to be surrounded by female physicists because here at UCLan, in my year especially, there are only eight girls that do physics.”
Aastha was only 17 when she moved to Preston to study at UCLan as an international student; however, she has flourished in her new surroundings.
“Before I came here, I had never been away from my family for more than two weeks, but this decision of mine to study abroad, and here at UCLan has matured me,” Aastha said.
“For all those who are going to start soon, I want to say that this UCLan experience is going to be one of the most memorable experience of your life. University is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and discovering what you really like or dislike, so don’t be afraid.”