Advancing Graduate Leadership

formerly Advancing Graduate Leadership

Do you identify as a woman or gender minority graduate student or postdoc and want to expand your network, discover collaboration opportunities, receive mentor and professional development training, and support others seeking leadership roles? If so, then please consider participating in Advancing Graduate Leadership (AGL) activities!

AGL is a new program where APS has partnered with the Heising-Simons Foundation to provide opportunities for women and gender minority graduate students and postdocs to:

  1. Expand networking, strengthen retention, and provide opportunities for future research and other collaborations throughout the community
  2. Provide mentor training and professional development training for those pursuing physics graduate studies
  3. Support individuals in seeking leadership roles at their own institutions and in the broader community, where they train others and are recognized for their efforts


Did you know?

  • Only 21% of the total number of physics bachelor’s degrees that were awarded in 2018 were earned by women?
  • Only 20% of the total PhDs awarded in 2018 were to women?
  • Only 12% of Full Professors of physics are women?

AGL is led by an advisory board made up of women from many different professional backgrounds at varying levels in their careers. The advisory board members guide the activities and priorities of AGL to ensure that the program meets its goals in supporting women and gender minority graduate students and postdocs.

Learn more about the advisory board.

Past Events

More Resources for Women and Gender Minorities in Physics

  • Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP): This Committee addresses the production, retention, and career development of women physicists and gathers and maintains data on women in physics. Founded in 1972, this committee is an active sponsor of studies, programs, and publications to foster women in physics.
  • Committee on Careers and Professional Development (CCPD): This Committee is responsible for coordinating affairs within the Society concerned with career and professional development in physics and advising the Society on courses of action.

The activities within AGL are open to individuals who do not identify as cisgender men. We encourage participation of cisgender women, gender non-binary individuals, and transgender individuals.

Heising-Simons Foundation

Data on this page is provided by the AIP Statistical Research Center (women in physics report)