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 March 2017

Sevil Salur, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 

Dr. Sevil Salur headshot Dr. Sevil Salur is a renowned researcher in heavy ion physics, and studies experimental high-energy nuclear physics at Rutgers. She investigates the properties of strongly interacting, hot and dense matter produced at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This dense matter, a soup of quarks and gluons, is predicted to have been present 0.000001 seconds after the Big Bang. In addition to being a top researcher in her field, Dr. Salur is an excellent mentor for young researchers. She has mentored eight undergraduate students in research at Rutgers, and two of her undergraduate women received Goldwater Scholarships. In 2013, Professor Salur was named Rutgers Society of Physics Students' outstanding teacher.     

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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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