APS Bridge Program student applications now being accepted (Deadline: March 21, 2014)
The APS Bridge Program provides 1-2 years of research experience, coursework, mentoring, and application coaching to students interested in pursuing a PhD in physics. African American, Hispanic and Native American students are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents, and have received a bachelor’s degree in physics (or a related discipline) by summer 2014 to be eligible.
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Women in Physics (WIPHYS) Email Group
The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) welcomes you to join WIPHYS, its electronic mailing list. WIPHYS is sent weekly and includes funding, job, and professional development opportunities for women. WIPHYS was “officially” started in January 1993, and now has over 900 subscribers. Join the Women in Physics Email Group

Bridge Summer Meeting set for June 25-27, 2014, in College Park, MD
The APS Bridge Program Summer Meeting will bring together experts to discuss efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who receive PhDs in physics. This year’s meeting will focus on exploring and understanding the role of the MS degree in promoting underrepresented minorities in physics. Workshops, panel discussions and presentations will address topics including:
  • establishing MS/PhD institutional relationships
  • role of master's degrees for underrepresented minority students
  • barriers to student advancement to the PhD
  • mentoring
  • non-cognitive admissions measures

Who should attend: faculty, students, and administrators interested in increasing the number of underrepresented students pursuing PhDs in physics. For more information, see the APS Bridge Program Summer Meeting 2014 page.

Stay on top of the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics
A new email list was created to share news, announcements, and deadlines related to the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. To join the list, email women@aps.org with the subject “Subscription to CUWiP email list”.

2014 Katherine Weimer Award: Deadline is April 1
The Weimer award is open to any female plasma scientist who received her PhD within the ten-year period prior to April 1, 2014. Nominations are active for one selection cycle (three years). The award, established by the APS Division of Plasma Physics, consists of $2,000 and funds for travel to the annual meeting where the award is to be presented. The recipient will be invited to give a talk at the Division’s annual meeting. More details are available at the Katherine Weimer Award page.

Network with other physicists on LinkedIn
Join the LinkedIn groups for Minorities in Physics and Women in Physics and start networking today!

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February 2014 (Volume 23, Number 2)

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Articles in this Issue
APS Membership Boosted by Student Sign-ups
Bouchet Award Winner Followed a Parental Path to Science
New APS Education Fellow Goes to Washington
In Memoriam: Fred Kavli (1927–2013)
Goeppert-Mayer Awardee Loved High School Physics
Nuclear Physics Prize Reaches Fundraising Goal
Historic Site: IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
All Sorted Out
Letters to the Editor
The Back Page
Physics Newsmakers of 2013
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Diversity Corner
Profiles In Versatility
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Education Corner
Inside the Beltway