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 for women throughout the community
  2. Provide mentor training and professional development training to women 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

Upcoming Events

Strategic Negotiation Skills for Women hosted by Prof. Kristen Burson, Assistant professor at Hamilton College
The workshop is now full.

AGL Mentor Training Workshops: February 7-10, 2022
Check back soon for more details.

Advancing Graduate Leadership Conference: March 12-13, 2022
More details coming soon.

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?2

Women3 are underrepresented in physics when compared to other STEM fields. To increase the representation of women in physics, it is important to promote more women into leadership positions across the broader community.

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


1AIP Statistical Research Center (women in physics report)