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The APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) invites applications for grants to women in physics (WiP) groups at colleges and universities. The purpose of these grants is to support the CSWP mission towards the recruitment and retention of women in physics at the undergraduate level. WiP groups are uniquely able to address this mission locally by encouraging and supporting the participation of women in their departments.
See past recipients.
The purpose of this program is to improve recruitment and/or retention of women in physics through the (1) establishment of new WiP groups, (2) expansion or strengthening of existing groups, and (3) improvement in sustainability within new and existing groups. To this end, CSWP is calling for proposals from WiP groups in the United States and abroad who wish to provide meaningful experiences to students pursuing or considering an undergraduate degree in physics. Attendees of the CUWiP conferences are especially encouraged to apply.
Proposals are accepted each year in October. A successful proposal will be focused on recruitment and/or community building, and may include networking, mentoring, professional development, and/or scientific activities.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
A critical part of the proposal is a discussion of how the proposed activities are well-suited to the type and size of department at your institution. Preference will be given to proposals that show high potential for sustainability after the terms of the grant are completed.
Unallowable requests include travel support for students to attend APS CUWiP or other APS national meetings, as well as scholarships for individual students. Limited travel support provided through grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy is available to participants whose home institution is unable to provide full funding for travel to CUWiP, and there are many travel grant opportunities for students attending the APS March Meeting and April Meeting.
Grants up to a total of $1,000 over one to two years are available.
Graduate or undergraduate students are eligible to apply. The group’s faculty mentor must be an APS member. Groups can re-apply, though preference will be given to new applications.
Step 1: Fill out the survey.
Step 2: Submit the following information in a single PDF document to email@example.com.
1. Cover sheet with:
2. Narrative description of your program (no more than two pages) including:
3. Budget (one page). Provide a breakdown of what funds are requested and a short justification for each amount (e.g., “We request $200 for refreshments for our monthly journal club discussions on gender and race. We expect to have 10 meetings over the course of the year with an average of 10 participants.”).
If you are unsure of the budget for certain events or activities, please reach out to your faculty mentor, or see our list of WiP groups and feel free to reach out to them. If you are a new group, they can help you make better estimates.
4. Letter of support from a faculty mentor. Although our intention is that students submit proposals, the involvement of a faculty member is required. They will know the local rules and help get approval to submit the proposal and receive funds.
5. Letter of support from your department chair (if different from the faculty mentor). This should address how the department will help sustain the program (e.g., contributing funds, providing meeting space, hosting email list, etc.).
Selection will be based on:
Preference is given to groups that have not received previous support from the APS WiP Group Grant.
University of Utah Women in Physics and Astronomy visit the anechoic chambers at Brigham Young University
Central Florida Physics Women Society and Women in Lasers and Optics hosted a Science Day to show high school students how science is used in their everyday lives through fun demos, hands on experiments, and games.
"Our biggest success has been creating a sense of community within the department. We have noticed female students interacting with and supporting each other. With so few women, it can be hard to connect to others. WiP has created a way for the female majors to get to know each other and to see the opportunities within physics that are available to them. The group has also made the presence of women in the field more apparent to the male physics majors. Many males attend our events and are incredibly supportive!" - Santa Clara Women in Physics