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 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 and industry
  • Explore different areas of physics to see what you are interested in
  • Learn about a diverse range of career options
  • Receive a free t-shirt!

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

Upcoming Meetings

APS March Meeting
March 15 - 19, 2021

APS April Meeting
April 17 - 20, 2021

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.

  • 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).
  • Undergrad Lounge
    Have a cup of coffee and relax in between sessions. This space is for undergrads only!
  • Graduate School Fair
    Meet professors and students from graduate programs across the United States. Interested in participating? Learn more
  • Workshop: “Building Your Physics Career Network”
    Learn how to build your network for a successful transition into a physics career field. Graduate students are also welcome to attend.
  • 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!

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.

  • Panel: “Lunch with the Grads”
    Get to know a panel of graduate-level physics students over lunch and ask them about their experiences.
  • 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, presenters from the APS/SPS Undergraduate Research Sessions will be recognized.
  • Panel: "Preparing for Careers Outside Academia"
    Physicists and employers from the private sector will share their insights on how students can prepare for physics careers.


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.
  • Free T-Shirt!
    Remember to pick up your t-shirt!

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 Travel Costs:
FPD travel grants are available to help you get to the meeting.

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

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


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