Future of Physics Days

APS Meeting Events for Undergraduate Students

Future of Physics Days (FPD) events help undergraduate students get the most out of APS March and April meetings through interactive workshops, professional development activities, and career discovery.

At FPD, you can advance your career by:

  • Presenting your research at undergraduate only sessions
  • Gaining valuable feedback on your presentation from experienced physicists
  • Receiving recognition for your work that you can add to your CV or resume

You’ll also be able to:

  • Network with physicists from academia, national labs, and industry
  • Explore different areas of physics to see what you are interested in
  • Learn about a diverse range of career options

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

Interested in participating at the March or April graduate school fairs? Learn more and purchase a booth!

Upcoming Meetings

APS March Meeting
March 15 - 19, 2021

APS April Meeting
April 17 - 20, 2021

FPD Events at APS March Meetings

The APS March Meeting centers on groundbreaking studies in condensed matter, materials, molecular and atomic physics, statistical and nonlinear physics, and data science.

  • Physics Crossing: A Virtual Physics Odyssey
    Tuesday, March 16, 6PM CT
    Join for an evening of exploration and conversation! Network with fellow student members, representatives from companies and laboratories, and APS staff while traveling video-game- style through interactive rooms based on cutting-edge physics facilities! Enter to win a door prize and compete to win our trivia contest
  • Graduate School Fair
    Wednesday, March 17, 12-4PM CT
    Representatives from graduate programs will host virtual booths with materials about their schools. Students can visit the fair to chat with representatives and learn about the application procedures, program requirements, and more!
  • Workshop: Building Your Physics Career: How to Put Your Science to WORK
    Thursday, March 18, 2:30-5:30PM CT
    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. Following the talk, which will include tips for self-assessment, network building, and the job search process, there will be an interactive portion focused on building interview skills specifically useful for STEM positions.

FPD Events at APS April Meetings

The APS April Meeting focuses on cutting-edge research in the areas of astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics, and gravitation.

  • Physics Crossing: Virtual Tours and Career Workshop
    Sunday, April 18, 10:30AM-12PM CT
    Join this session to network with fellow student members, representatives from companies and laboratories, and APS staff while traveling video-game- style through interactive rooms based on cutting-edge physics facilities! During the career workshop portion, you can learn about how to prepare for a wide variety of careers in physics outside of academia.
  • Graduate School Fair
    Monday, April 19, 1:30-3:30PM CT
    Representatives from graduate programs will host virtual booths with materials about their schools. Students can visit the fair to chat with representatives and learn about the application procedures, program requirements, and more!
  • Meet Your Future: Career Panel and Networking
    Monday, April 19, 3:30-5:30PM CT
    The majority of physics Ph.D. graduates go on to careers in the private sector or government labs, and the skills and experience that should be emphasized for employment in the private sector are different from academia. In this session, physicists and employers from outside academia will share their insights on how one can prepare for a non-academic career. The panel will be followed by a Zoom meeting where meeting attendees can network with the panelists.

At Both Meetings

  • Undergraduate Research Sessions
    This is your opportunity to give an oral or poster presentation at an APS Meeting! Receive feedback on your work, meet potential colleagues, and earn a presentation certificate.

Abstract Submission

As you are preparing your abstract, keep these Abstract Submission Policies, Guidelines, and Tips in mind.

Presenter Information

Is your research meeting-ready? Learn about oral vs. poster formats and the different session types by reviewing our Undergraduate Presentation Information.

Past Meetings

View past presentation winners and undergraduate epitomes in the Archive. Meeting photos are available on Flickr.

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

FPD web 2019

Be Prepared

Here’s some extra help to shape your presentation. See Tips for:

Cut Your Registration Costs:
FPD meeting grants are available to help you attend the meeting.

Join APS:
For students, the first year is free! Become a member.

Questions?
Contact APS Careers Program Manager, Midhat Farooq, at farooq@aps.org.

 

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