National Mentoring Community

National Mentoring Community

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

NMC Vision
Every student from a marginalized ethnic or racial group who is interested in physics has access to qualified (trained) mentors, opportunities, connections, professional development, peer support, and resources.

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 Conferences & Events

Please check back for upcoming events.

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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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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