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 December 2016
Chuhee Kwon, California State University Long Beach

Chuhee KwonDr. Chuhee Kwon is a Professor and past chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach.  Her research specialty is condensed matter experiment, and she has over 90 peer-reviewed publications in superconducting and magnetic thin films. More than 10 of these papers have undergraduate and Master’s student co-authors. Dr. Kwon received her B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the Seoul National University and the Pohang Institute of Science and Technology, respectively. She obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland-College Park followed by a Director’s Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  She joined the CSULB Physics Department in 1999, built an externally funded research group, and continued publishing papers with students.  Meanwhile, her awareness and appreciation for the physics education and diversity grew via her own experience in raising children in the U.S. and being a faculty member at a large urban, Hispanic-serving Institution. 

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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.
Gray Arrow APS Starts New Recognition Program for Women


2016 Women Physicists of the Month

September 2016

Lindley Winslow

Lindley Winslow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 2016

Jedidah Isler

Jedidah Isler, Vanderbilt University

November 2016

Chiara Mingarelli

Chiara Mingarelli, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Previously Recognized Women of the Month

2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012