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 October 2016
Jedidah Isler, Vanderbilt University 

Headshot of Jedidah IslerDr. Jedidah Isler is an award-winning astrophysicist and National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University, where she studies the physics of particle jets emanating from supermassive black holes at the centers of massive galaxies called blazars. Dr. Isler’s current research uses simultaneous infrared, optical and gamma-ray observations to better understand the physics of these blazar jets by constraining the time-resolved spectral variability. She has been recognized as a TED Fellow (2015), National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2016), and one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans (2016) for her innovative research and efforts to inspire a new generation of STEM leaders from underrepresented backgrounds. She is also the founder of #VanguardSTEM and host of the monthly web series “Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM.” 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.
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 

Previously Recognized Women of the Month

2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012