Woman Physicist of the Month

A program of the APS’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), the Woman Physicist of the Month highlights exceptional female physicists. The award recognizes female physicists who have positively impacted other individuals’ lives and careers.

Woman Physicist of May 2017

Oksana Ostroverkhova, Oregon State University 

Headshot of Oksana OstroverkhovaDr. Oksana Ostroverkhova received her degree in Physics and Optical Engineering with honors from Kiev Taras Shevchenko National University. She continued her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University, where she specialized in the photoconductive and nonlinear optical properties of polymers and liquid crystals, and received a Ph.D. in 2001. Ostroverkhova is a recipient of several awards, including the NSF CAREER award, the OSU Milton Harris Award for Basic Research, and the OSU Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching. Her vibrant research group attracts dedicated postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, whom she has shepherded to successful careers. She also is an entrepreneur, turning a research collaboration to study the fluorescence of wildflowers to understand why bees are attracted to them into a small-business proposal. Read More 

How to Nominate

Email the following information to women@aps.org:

  • Nominee's name, institution, and email
  • Nominator's name, institution, and email
  • Nominee's CV
  • 1 - 3 paragraphs about the nominee and why she is worthy of recognition

Note that the nomination statement will serve as the text for the profile page on the CSWP site, so please write accordingly. CSWP reserves the right to edit the profile.

Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Nomination Criteria

  • APS membership is not required.
  • A woman doing any physics-related work.
  • Has had an impact on your life or career.
  • Worthy of recognition.

Additional Information

The CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month program has been featured in APS News.
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2017 Women Physicists of the Month

Previously Recognized Women of the Month

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