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Updates from the APS Office of Education and Diversity

APS March Meeting 2017 Childcare Grant: Application Deadline — January 10

The APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) offers small grants up to $400 for meeting attendees who are bringing small children to a meeting or who incur extra expenses in leaving their children at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services).
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2017 Joint Graduate Education and Bridge Program Conference: Registration Deadline — January 20

The 2017 Joint Graduate Education and Bridge Program Conference will be held on February 10 - 12 in College Park, Maryland. This conference will feature a graduate student poster session, networking opportunities, plenary talks on physics graduate education, and panels and discussions on diversity.
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2017 PhysTEC Conference: Registration is Now Open

The 2017 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference will take place February 17 - 18 in Atlanta, GA. The annual conference of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to the education of future physics teachers, and features workshops on best practices and panel discussions by national leaders, as well as excellent networking opportunities for physics teacher educators.
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Meet the November Woman Physicist of the Month

Chiara M. F. Mingarelli is an Italo-Canadian gravitational-wave astrophysicist, currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (previously she was at Caltech), where she holds a Marie Curie Fellowship. Mingarelli received her Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2014. Her core research uses pulsar timing arrays to detect low-frequency gravitational waves and electromagnetic counterparts such as fast radio bursts. Mingarelli's thesis was published in the Springer Thesis Series (2015), and she 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 website.

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CSWP Grants Funding to Women in Physics Groups

Congratulations to Women in Physics (WiP) groups at City College New York, Colby College, Drexel University, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Northern Iowa, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin — Madison, Western Washington University, and the Virginia Military Institute! Each of these groups recently received funding from the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics to improve recruitment and retention of women in physics through the establishment of new WiP groups, expansion or strengthening of existing groups, and improvement in sustainability within new and existing groups.

Applications are due in October of each year. More information about these grants can be found at the Women in Physics Group Grants page.

1,600 Students Expected in January 2017 for Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics

This year, we received over 1,800 applications to APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), which will take place simultaneously on January 13 - 15 at ten sites across the United States and Canada. We look forward to providing over 1,600 undergraduate women with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas. For more information about getting involved with a local CUWiP, please contact the local site organizers or women@aps.org

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