Woman Physicist of the Month

A former program of the APS’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), the Woman Physicist of the Month highlights exceptional female physicists who have positively impacted other individuals’ lives and careers.

Woman Physicist of the Month

Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil, University of Arizona

Headshot of Burcin Mutlu

Dr. Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil obtained a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from University of Minnesota Twin Cities in June 2017. Her field of research is extragalactic astronomy, in particular, studying the structure and dynamics of galaxies, their supermassive black holes (SMBHs), and examining what this can tell us about the galaxy formation process. Recently, her research in galaxy structure has led to a discovery of an extremely rare galaxy. As a female, immigrant astronomer and first-generation in her family to attend college, Dr. Mutlu-Pakdil has long been committed to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.  In addition to mentoring, she has been involved in several K-12 outreach programs to engage female students in science. Due to her contributions to improve the climate for women, she has been selected as the 2017 Linda Larson Woman of the Year. Read More

Nominations are no longer being accepted for Woman Physicist of the Month.

Additional Information

The CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month program has been featured in APS News.
Gray Arrow APS Starts New Recognition Program for Women


2017 Women Physicists of the Month

Previously Recognized Women Physicists of the Month


  • Caroline Nowlan, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Gail Dodge, Old Dominion University
  • Giti Khodaparast, Virginia Tech
  • Regina Schulte-Ladbeck, University of Pittsburgh
  • Peggy Cebe, Tufts University
  • Caroline Nesaraja, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Kelly Nash, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Corinne Manogue, Oregon State University
  • Lindley Winslow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jedidah Isler, Vanderbilt University
  • Chiara M. F. Mingarelli, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
  • Chuhee Kwon, California State University Long Beach


  • Marjorie Corcoran, Rice University
  • Dawn Williams, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
  • Qudsia Quraishi, Army Research Laboratory
  • Sheila McBreen, University College Dublin
  • S. Burçin Bayram, Miami University
  • Chiara La Tessa, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Kathy Prestridge, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Connie Wells, Pembroke Hill School
  • Karin Dahmen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jessica Kirkpatrick, Hired.com
  • Angela Laird, Florida International University
  • Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American


  • Gabriela Gonzalez, Louisiana State University
  • Karen Daniels, North Carolina State University 
  • Lisa Whitehead, University of Houston
  • Shohini Ghose, Wilfrid Laurier University 
  • Agnes Mocsy, Pratt Institute 
  • Veronica Barone, Central Michigan University 
  • Kathryne Sparks Woodle, Penn State University
  • Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
  • Susan Blessing, Florida State University
  • Jena Meinecke, University of Oxford
  • Giuliana Di Martino, Imperial College London
  • Bethany Goldblum, University of California, Berkeley


  • Liubov Kreminska, University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Laura Reina, Florida State University
  • Sultana Nahar, Ohio State University
  • Valerie Otero, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Heide Doss, Consultant and Education Specialist
  • Reina Maruyama, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mercedes T. Richards, Pres. IAU Commission 42, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Janet Conrad, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Renee Diehl, Pennsylvania State University
  • Emma Ideal, Yale University, and Rhiannon Meharchand, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Stephanie Slater, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research