Be sure to attend CAM2007 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada!

CAM2005 Final Report and Outcomes

Thanks to all those who made CAM2005 such a great success. The Offical CAM2005 Final Report is now available (in PDF or Word format).
Especially of note are the benefits that CAM2005 afforded to the attendees, as shown by both the statistical and anecdotal evidence presented in the Conference Outcomes. The Outcomes are given in the appendices of the Final Report (above), and are also provided separately here in PDF or Word format.

An Introduction to CAM2005

The CAM2005 Conference, jointly sponsored by the American Physical Society, Canadian Association of Physicists, and Sociedad Méxicana de Física, aims to give physics graduate students an opportunity to attend a unique conference planned by and for them, to introduce them to recent findings in the various subfields of physics, and to address concerns particular to physicists in the early stages of their careers. In addition, CAM2005 aims to promote international collaborations among the North American countries and to develop an appreciation of the different experiences of graduate students from across North America. Through special topical and technical sessions, students will have the opportunity to gain a broader view of physics beyond their own classrooms and research laboratories. This conference will also feature sessions dedicated to exploring career options available to young physicists, along with a career fair for those seeking employment.

Coinciding with the World Year of Physics, the CAM Conference is the premier event of 2005 for the American Physical Society's Forum on Graduate Student Affairs. The conference was held from August 19th to the 21st, 2005, at the Horton Grand Hotel, an elegant Victorian hotel in the heart of San Diego, California.

A significant amount of funding was available for students to attend CAM--for those needing reimbursement for their travel expenses, please fill out the APS Reimbursement Form and submit it (along with all relevant receipts) to Kyler Kuehn.

CAM 2005 Photos!

Photographs taken at the CAM conference in San Diego, August 2005. If you have photos of CAM you'd like posted, email Kyler. cam2005[at]


Conference Registration

Registration for CAM2005 is now closed. No additional registrations will be accepted.
(Form also available in .doc format.)

Please submit the registration form by email, fax, or U.S. Postal Service by August 1 to:
Kyler Kuehn
CAM Conference Co-Chair
3155A Frederick Reines Hall
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697
FAX: (949) 824-2174

The conference registration fee is US$125, which includes the cost of the Conference Banquet. There are two payment options available:
1) Submit credit card information (Name, Card Number, and Expiration Date) by email, fax, or telephone to the CAM Conference Co-Chair. US$125 will be charged to the credit card within two weeks.
2) Submit a check to the CAM Conference Co-Chair, made payable to "APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs".
Checks in US Dollars are preferred; there will be an additional processing charge for checks in Canadian Dollars or Mexican Pesos. In the interest of uniformity for all registrants, the fees in non-US funds are based on a static exchange rate (from May 23, 2005). The total (registration + processing) fee is 176 Canadian Dollars or 1535 Mexican Pesos.
For students seeking financial assistance to attend CAM, see below for information regarding Supplementary Travel Funds.

Abstract Submission

Graduate student presentations may be made on any discipline related to physics; we encourage participants to share the current status of their graduate research at this conference. Recent (<1 yr) recipients of the Ph.D. (or M.S.) are also welcome to present at CAM.
Oral presentations will be 10 minutes each in length (plus a few minutes for questions). Several sessions of the conference will be dedicated to poster presentations; the available space for these presentations is 4' x 4'. Please keep in mind that these presentations are for an audience of graduate students who are not necessarily specialists in each field, but who are not afraid to learn about an area of research different from their own.

For full consideration, abstracts should be submitted electronically by July 15, 2005 (late submissions may be excepted until July 29). See the registration form for more information regarding abstract submission.

Hotel and Travel Information

To reserve a room at the conference hotel, please contact the
Horton Grand Hotel directly. When making reservations, please specify that you are attending the American Physical Society's CAM Conference. There are a small number of rooms available at the federal per diem rate, specifically for U.S. government employees.
Conference attendees are encouraged to arrive by the evening of Thursday, August 18, and depart after 7 P.M. on Sunday, August 21.

For those traveling by air, the closest airport to the conference venue is San Diego International (SAN). Other nearby airports include Carlsbad (CLD--26 miles from SAN) and Orange County (SNA--75 miles from SAN).
A number of Airport Shuttle Services are available to provide transportation between the airport and the conference venue. The recommended shuttle company is Airport Shuttle--CAM Conference attendees can receive a special rate of $5 (one way) from SAN to the Horton Grand Hotel if they use this carrier and mention their conference participation.

Application for Supplementary Travel funds for U.S. and Mexican students is now closed.

The deadline for Supplementary Travel Fund requests is July 29, 2005. If you are unable to submit all of the paperwork (CV, letter of reference, etc.) by this deadline, you are still eligible to be considered for funding. Please submit the request form itself by the deadline, and the remainder of the material as soon as possible.
Preference in funding allocation will be given to students who will be a.) seeking additional funding from other sources (e.g. their advisor or home department), b.) presenting a poster or oral contribution at the conference, and c.) staying at the conference venue (i.e. the Horton Grand Hotel).
Supplementary Travel Funding information for Canadian graduate students is now available via the CAP Events Webpage.

Conference Program

Schedule Overview for the Conference is now available.

The Official Program of Contributed Talks and Poster Presentations is now available. If you are contributing to CAM, please check to see whether you will be giving an oral or poster presentation (Oral presentations are listed by subject, followed by poster presentations in alphabetical order).

A number of Distinguished Speakers are confirmed for the CAM Conference, including:
Professor Matt Anderson, Department of Physics, San Diego State University
Professor Daniel Arovas, Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego
Professor Carmen Cisneros, Faculdad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
President Robert Dynes, University of California Office of the President
Professor Noah Finkelstein, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder
Professor Bonnie Fleming, Department of Physics, Yale University
Professor Raymond Goldstein, Department of Physics, University of Arizona
Professor Kate Kirby, Director of the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard University
Professor Arturo Menchaca Rocha, Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Doctor Anthony Smart, Consultant and Specialist in Optical Instrumentation
Professor Mike Thewalt, Killiam Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University
Professor Robert Thompson, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary
Professor Michael Turner, Assistant Director of Mathematical and Physical Sciences for the National Science Foundation

Conference Organizing Committees

Local Organizing Committee:
Debra Bomar, University of California, San Diego
Nicholas Butch, University of California, San Diego
Rae Robertson, University of California, San Diego
Matt Steiger, San Diego State University
Aleksandra Walczak, University of California, San Diego

International Organizing Committee:

Kyler Kuehn, University of California, Irvine (Chair)
Dan Beaton, University of British Columbia
Anne Catlla, Northwestern University
Amy Flatten, American Physical Society
Lisa Gerhardt, University of California, Irvine
Michele Irwin, American Physical Society
Kelly Korreck, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Trish Lettieri, American Physical Society
Carlos López-Mariscal, Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores, Monterrey
Justin Stewart, American Physical Society
Tom Tierney, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Lindley Winslow, University of California, Berkeley

CAM 2005 is sponsored by:

American Physical Society
Canadian Association of Physicists
Sociedad Méxicana de Física
National Science Foundation
Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of California-San Diego

For More Information, Contact:

Kyler Kuehn
CAM Co-Chair
3155 Frederick Reines Hall
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

(949)824-3417 (office)
(949)824-2174 (fax)

Last Updated by Kyler Kuehn, 24 January 2007