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 who have positively impacted other individuals’ lives and careers.

Woman Physicist of July 2017

Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil, University of Arizona

Headshot of Burcin Mutlu

Dr. Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil obtained a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from University of Minnesota Twin Cities in June 2017. Her field of research is extragalactic astronomy, in particular, studying the structure and dynamics of galaxies, their supermassive black holes (SMBHs), and examining what this can tell us about the galaxy formation process. Recently, her research in galaxy structure has led to a discovery of an extremely rare galaxy. As a female, immigrant astronomer and first-generation in her family to attend college, Dr. Mutlu-Pakdil has long been committed to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.  In addition to mentoring, she has been involved in several K-12 outreach programs to engage female students in science. Due to her contributions to improve the climate for women, she has been selected as the 2017 Linda Larson Woman of the Year. 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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