National Mentoring Community

The APS National Mentoring Community (NMC) is a program to increase the number of underrepresented ethnic/racial minority students who complete Bachelor’s degrees in physics. It does so by facilitating and supporting mentoring relationships between African American, Hispanic American, and Native American undergraduate physics students and local physics mentors.

The program provides support to mentors and mentees through email prompts that guide discussions and additional resources.

If you are an undergraduate student experiencing an unforeseen financial emergency, you may be eligible for the NMC Bringing Emergency Aid to Mentees (BEAM) Fund. Learn More About the BEAM Fund.


Improving Your Research Mentoring Relationships
For NMC Mentors & Faculty

Mentoring expert, Dr. Christine Pfund, Director, Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), and PI for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), addresses current mentoring research and provides resources to further promote faculty development in mentoring.

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NMC Conferences


In order to focus on exciting, new NMC program components, there will not be an annual NMC Conference in 2017.  Instead, the NMC program will partner with one or more scientific organizations at their Fall 2017 meetings.

Upcoming Conferences/Meetings

Previous Conferences

2016 NMC Conference at the University of Houston
October 21-23

2015 NMC/APS Bridge Conference at Florida International University
October 9-11


The Bringing Emergency Aid to Mentees (BEAM) Fund provides small grants to NMC Mentees who are facing sudden financial emergencies so that they can continue their physics studies and earn their degrees.
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NMC Mentor, Dean & Prof. Mary James, Reed College (m.) pictured with NMC Mentees, Grayson Perez (l.) and Elizabeth Arellano (r.)

Conversations Newsletter

NMC Spring 2016 NewsletterThe newsletter of the NMC program that includes program and conference information, mentoring and mentoring research articles, and features NMC Mentors and Mentees.

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