Professional Skills Development

Free Workshops at APS Meetings

Women Workshop

Professional Skills Development workshops are designed to provide women physicists with professional training in effective negotiation, communication and leadership skills, as well as a special opportunity for networking. The primary workshop goal is to produce more women leaders in physics and to help these women achieve their full potential in the top ranks of their profession. Workshops are usually hosted in conjunction with APS meetings.

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For students, APS offers Communication and Negotiation Skills Seminars


Seminar Topic Video Series

This video series provides helpful tips that align with the topics covered in many of the Professional Skills Development seminars and workshops.

Becoming a thoughtful mentor videoicon
This video will provide information on becoming the kind of mentor and advisor that is a success leader.

Communicating your research and career goals videoicon
Learn tips for effectively communicating your research and career goals.

Know your worth...and negotiate for it videoicon
This video will provide information on factors to consider when negotiating a starting salary and what impact these negotiations can have on your future.

Negotiating a tenure track faculty start-up package videoicon
Learn some tips for making your first professional negotiations.

Workshop Testimonials

"The workshop had a huge impact on my professional life, and I just wish more women physicists could have the opportunity to participate in such a workshop."

"You should keep this effort going: it really boosts our self-confidence. It gives us the feeling of being part of a community and gives us the mentoring that some of us are lacking."

"I can’t count the number of meetings I’ve attended in 15 years. This is the only one where I was 100% engaged from the very first minute to the very last minute. This has been life-changing."

"I gained tangible skills and tactics which I will take back and put into practice in my next department meeting."

"This has been the most effective discussion of issues and problem solving techniques that can be implemented and useful. It was not a gripe session that most of these sessions devolve into and the facilitators were very skillful and personable. I enjoyed this experience very much and I sincerely hope that more people can be exposed to this quality of workshop."

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements and may receive reimbursement for 1 night in the conference hotel. Please consult the APS Meetings website for information about hotels near the meeting site, many of which will offer special rates.

Because the workshops are funded by the National Science Foundation, you must be affiliated with a US institution/facility to be eligible for funding consideration. Professional Skills Development Workshops at division meetings or elsewhere are subject to different arrangements.




The APS Professional Skills Development Program acknowledges the contributions of COACh at the University of Oregon, for developing the materials and facilitating many of the PSDW workshops.


National Science Foundation logoSupport for this program has been received from the National Science Foundation under Award Nos. PHY-0752540 and PHY-­1419913.