2021 Virtual Capstone Conference

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PICUP Capstone Conference: What has been accomplished, and what does the future hold?

In the last four years, several hundred people have joined the PICUP community, united by the common goal of using computation to improve our physics courses and curricula. In this conference, PICUPers will share what we have accomplished, and we will discuss how to move forward into the future. If you have attended a half-day, full-day, or week-long PICUP workshop, please join us!

Abstract submission is open!

Conference Information

Dates:  August 11-13, 2021 

Location:  This will be an online conference. Links will be sent out to registered participants.

About: This conference will consist of a mix of workshops, contributed presentations, panels, invited talks, and plenaries, as shown in the Schedule-at-a-Glance.

Who should register: Everyone who has attended any type of PICUP workshop, from half-day workshops to full week FDWs.


Registration will open January 10, 2021. We encourage you to register early as the conference will have a maximum 150 participants.

  • Early-bird rate (until July 15, or full): $20
  • Regular rate (deadline Aug. 10, or full): $25

Want to be notified when registration opens? Use this form to express interest.

Refund/cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your registration, a full refund of your registration fee will be provided until July 15, 2021.

Presentations: If you will be attending the PICUP Virtual Capstone Conference, we encourage you to consider giving a presentation about how you have integrated computation! The "contributed talks" sessions are a great time to share what you have done and learn from what others have done. For more information and to submit an abstract, click the “Abstract Submission” button above.



  • Introductory Physics: Planning a Coherent Course and Choosing the Right Tools
  • Integrating Computation and Experiment
  • Department-Wide Computational Integration
  • Lessons from Computer Science Pedagogy
  • Computational Integration into Astronomy and Astrophysics Classes
  • Tour of Exercise Sets: The Plane Rigid Pendulum, The 1D Schroedinger Equation
  • The Computational Physics Course: Objectives, Design, and Assessment
  • Preparing and Submitting an Exercise Set, and Becoming a Reviewer
  • Upper-Division Physics: Planning a Coherent Course and Choosing the Right Tools

A full description of the workshops is found here.


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