APS Chapters Pilot Program

The American Physical Society (APS) is piloting a new structure to support graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists. This effort, APS Chapters, is launching a pilot effort this fall, supporting 5-10 chapters. APS Chapters hope to support its members with the tools to succeed as 21st century professionals, by facilitating an inclusive and equitable community structure, within which individuals will have opportunities to engage in professional development, networking, and advocacy/policy issues, etc.

Mission Statement

APS Chapters seek to support the development of graduate students and early-career individuals as colleagues and future leaders. To achieve these goals and build cohesive communities that will strengthen the discipline, we will:

  • Develop opportunities for networking and for career and professional development
  • Empower individuals to build and promote inclusive and equitable communities
  • Support learning and practice for all, including those from underrepresented groups
  • Inform and facilitate engagement on policy issues impacting the profession

Tentative Timeline 2020-2021

  • October 15, 2020: Deadline to apply for a pilot chapter
  • November - December 2020: Elect chapter officers, hold chapter activities
  • December 18, 2020: Deadline to submit spring chapter activity interest form
  • January 2021: Receive feedback on spring chapter activities
  • February - May 2021: Spring chapter activities
  • June 15, 2021: Deadline to submit chapter annual report
  • July 2021: Meeting of representatives of pilot chapters to discuss program

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Farah Dawood
APS Chapters Program Manager