2020 Capstone Conference

The PICUP Capstone Conference has been canceled for 2020. We will re-schedule for Summer 2021. If you had already registered, refunds will be processed by AAPT as soon as possible.

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!

Logistical Conference Information

Dates:  July 15-18, 2020 (immediately before the Summer 2020 AAPT Meeting)

Location:  Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI (conveniently located only a few miles from the AAPT Meeting)

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

Registration: Registration deadlines are listed below, BUT we will only have room for 150 registrations, so be sure to register early!   Registration might need to close before the dates listed below.


AAPT Member (Discount)



Early Bird Rate   (until May 15, 2020)



Regular Rate (Deadline: June 15, 2020 or earlier if full)




The registration fee covers all local expenses (meals & lodging at Calvin University) for all conference attendees.

Refund/cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your registration, a full refund of your registration fee will be provided until June 15, 2020.

Travel scholarships: A limited number of travel scholarships will be available for applicants whose home institutions are unable to provide funding to support travel. The scholarships will provide partial or full reimbursement of travel costs to and from the conference. You can apply for a travel scholarship here. The priority deadline to apply for a travel scholarship is March 1.  Travel scholarships will continue to be accepted after March 1, and travel scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis for as long as travel funds remain. 

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

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

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