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 November 2016
Chiara M. F. Mingarelli, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Chiara MingarelliDr. Chiara M. F. Mingarelli is an Italo-Canadian gravitational-wave astrophysicist, currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (previously Caltech), where she holds a Marie Curie Fellowship. Mingarelli received her Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2014. Her core research is focused on using Pulsar Timing Arrays to detect low-frequency gravitational waves, with forays into electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave events, such as fast radio bursts. Mingarelli's thesis was published in the Springer Thesis Series (2015), and is the recipient of numerous grants from the Royal Astronomical Society and the UK Institute of Physics for both research and outreach. She has written an invited guest article for Scientific American, and contributes to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.

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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

Previously Recognized Women of the Month

2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012