Future of Physics Days

APS meeting events for undergraduate students

Present your research and engage in career discovery and networking at March and April Meeting

Future of Physics Days (FPD) events help undergraduate students get the most out of APS March and April meetings through interactive workshops and career development and discovery activities. At both March and April Meeting, FDP also offers opportunities for recruiters from graduate schools to showcase the benefits of their programs.

At FPD, you can advance your education and career by:

  • Presenting your research at undergraduate only sessions.
  • Gaining valuable feedback on your presentation from trained mentors.
  • Receiving a certificate of presentation that you can add to your CV or resume.
  • Potentially winning a prize as a top presenter.

You’ll also be able to:

  • Network with physicists from academia and industry.
  • Explore different areas of physics to see what you are interested in.
  • Learn about a diverse range of career options.
  • Get a free laptop sleeve.

All FPD events are free to attend when you register for the March or April Meeting.

The speeches, workshops, and posters were incredibly insightful...The event profoundly impacted my professional development. - Giuliano G. Porciúncula, Universidade de Pernambuco

Future of Physics Days at March and April Meeting

Whether you attend March Meeting, April Meeting, or both, you can participate in undergraduate research sessions, held in-person and virtually. These sessions are your opportunity to give an oral or poster presentation at an APS Meeting. You can also receive feedback on your work, meet potential colleagues, and earn a presentation certificate.

Both March and April Meeting also include a graduate school fair where you can chat with representatives from graduate programs looking to recruit undergrads.

If you're interested in participating as a graduate recruiter, please review the March Meeting website or review the April Meeting website for details

In-person events for undergraduates at March Meeting

March Meeting 2024, held both virtually and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from March 3 - 8, centers on groundbreaking studies in condensed matter, materials, molecular and atomic physics, statistical and nonlinear physics, and data science. Special events for undergraduate include:

  • Undergrad Student Get-Together: Network and mingle with fellow undergraduate attendees. This event is co-hosted by APS and the Society of Physics Students (SPS).
  • Workshop: Building Your Physics Career: How to Put Your Science to WORK: In this interactive workshop, celebrated career coach and author Peter Fiske will provide advice and strategies for taking your physics job search to the next level.
  • Student Reception: The reception recognizes all students who presented in the Undergraduate Research Sessions. Top presentations receive a special prize. And of course, there is free food!
  • Networking Workshop: Brush up on your networking skills and develop an elevator pitch so you can build connections at the conference!

Learn more about Future of Physics Days at March Meeting

In-person events for undergraduates at April Meeting

April Meeting 2024, taking place virtually and in Sacramento, California, from April 3 - 6, focuses on cutting-edge research in the areas of astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics, and gravitation. Events for undergraduates at April Meeting include:

  • Undergraduate Breakfast, Career Workshop, and Awards: Over breakfast, learn how to prepare for a wide variety of careers in physics outside of academia. Following the workshop, undergraduate presenters from the APS/SPS Undergraduate Research Sessions will be recognized.
  • Meet Your Future: Career Panel and Networking: Physicists working in various sectors, including those in the private sector and government jobs, will share their insights on how students can prepare for physics careers.

Learn more about Future of Physics Days at April Meeting

Abstract submissions

As you are preparing your abstract, keep this abstract submission information in mind.

Is your research meeting-ready? Learn about oral versus poster formats and the different session types by reviewing our undergraduate presentation information.

Travel grants

To help cut your travel costs, FPD travel grants are available to help you attend the meeting. You can receive assistance to attend March Meeting or to attend April Meeting.


Contact the APS Senior Careers Program Manager with questions.

Presentation advice

Review this additional guidance to help shape your presentation.

Your title and abstract are an opportunity for you to catch your audience's attention and give a good first impression of your research.

A student presenting a poster

Designing a compelling poster will engage your audience, accurately present your research, and prepare you for the meeting.

A great poster will attract audiences, but a practiced, well thought out presentation will bring your research to life.

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Peter Fiske lays out the top strategies and methods for ensuring that your online communication has as much impact as possible.

Thank you to the organizations that sponsor FPD

FPD is a collaboration between the American Physical Society (APS) and the Society of Physics Students (SPS).


Future of Physics Days (FPD) travel grants are for undergraduate students who are presenting research at the Undergraduate Research Sessions during the APS March Meeting.

Future of Physics Days (FPD) travel grants are for undergraduate students who are presenting research at the Undergraduate Research Sessions during the APS April Meeting.

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