National Mentoring Community


National Mentoring Community

The APS National Mentoring Community (NMC) facilitates and supports mentoring relationships between Black/African, Latinx, and Indigenous undergraduate physics students and physics mentors. Membership in the NMC is free for both Mentors and Mentees.

Vision
Historically, Black/African, Latinx, and Indigenous people in the US and US territories have been minoritized* and marginalized** in the field of physics and education based on the sociopolitical markers of race and ethnicity. As a commitment to social justice, this program seeks to redistribute opportunities and access to resources to make undergraduate and graduate experiences in physics more just and fair for all people minoritized and marginalized in physics-based on race/ethnicity.

*minoritized - (of a group) to be of a smaller number than another (or other groups) as a result of policies or practices of people in the majority group. For example, being a racial minority in a region due to immigration policies that do not allow (or limit) people of a certain racial group immigrating into the region.

**marginalized - a person or group whose experiences are ignored or pushed to the periphery of a larger group or society.

Mission Statement
The mission of the APS NMC is to address the minoritization and marginalization of people in physics by providing personal and professional development to mentors and mentees, matching mentors and mentees, and providing resources to mentees.

Join the NMC

Please note: Check that your APS Affiliation matches your current Institution before joining the National Mentoring Community. This is to ensure mentors and mentees are paired appropriately according to location.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Join the NMC Slack community after you've signed up as a mentor or mentee! For questions, please contact nmc@aps.org.

NMC Conferences & Events

Please check back for upcoming events.

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BEAM Fund

The Bringing Emergency Aid to Mentees (BEAM) Fund provides small grants to NMC Mentees who are facing sudden financial emergencies so that they can continue their physics studies and earn their degrees.
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DACA

A list of resources has been gathered to help DACA students navigate the educational opportunities available to them.
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NMC Mentor/Mentee
NMC Mentor Rohana Wijewardhana (L) and NMC Mentee Madelyn Leembruggen (R).

My association with the APS NMC played a pivotal role in changing my attitude about supervising undergraduate research. My mentee’s first poster win, based on her summer research, was at the APS National Mentoring community meeting in Houston in 2016. Since then she has co-authored three papers with our research group, currently working on a fourth one and won a number of poster contests at various locations. She owes part of her success to her participation in the APS NMC.

– Rohana Wijewardhana, University of Cincinnati, NMC Mentor