APS Announces 2015 CUWiP Sites
The 2015 APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) will be held Friday, January 16 through Sunday afternoon, January 18, 2015 at:
  • North Carolina Research Triangle
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Yale University

The APS CUWiP goal is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the experience of a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas. Learn more at the CUWiP web page.

APS Bridge Program Summer Meeting – Registration deadline June 6, 2014
The 2014 APS Bridge Program Summer Meeting will be June 25-27, in College Park, MD, at the American Center for Physics. The meeting is designed for faculty, students, and administrators interested in increasing the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) pursuing PhDs in physics. Registration is now open, and ends June 6, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT. Consider becoming a Member Institution to qualify for discounted registration rates.

The theme of the meeting is the role of the Master’s degree in advancing URMs in physics.

The Meeting features workshops, panel discussions, and presentations on:
  • connecting MS/PhD institutions
  • role of Masters’ degrees for URM students
  • barriers to student advancement to the PhD
  • mentoring
  • beyond the GRE: Alternative admissions measures.

APS has secured a block of rooms at the reduced rate of $149 per night. Reservations should be made by June 6th, 2014 in order to secure the reduced room rate.

For more information, visit the conference website or email questions to bridgeprogram@aps.org.

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The COM/CSWP Gazette features updates on CSWP and COM activities and programs, book reviews, statistical reports, and articles on programs designed to increase the participation of women and minorities in science. To add your name to the Gazette mailing list, e-mail women@aps.org and include your postal mailing address. Read the spring 2014 issue.

Accepting Nominations for the CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month
The APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) Woman Physicist of the Month award recognizes female physicists who have positively impacted other individuals’ lives and careers. Each CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month is featured on the Women in Physics website, announced in the Gazette, and recognized at a reception at an APS national meeting.

Nomination is easy: email a three-paragraph statement explaining why the physicist you are nominating is worthy to women@aps.org.

Follow APS Diversity on Twitter
Curious to hear the latest happenings in physics and diversity? Follow @APSDiversity on Twitter.

Download the Women in Physics InSight Slide Show
Physics InSight is a series of slide shows designed to inform and excite undergraduates about physics. Download a slide show focused on women in physics.

Nominate a Woman or Minority for APS Fellowship, Prizes and Awards
The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members for outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.

Further information on the fellowship nomination process can be found on the APS Fellows page.

For information on nominating women and minorities for APS prizes and awards, please visit the Nomination Guidelines page.

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June 2014 (Volume 23, Number 6)

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APS Elections Now Open
Physicists Widen the Search for Dark Matter Particles
More Basic Research at the National Ignition Facility
Alpha Particles Target Cancer
Leadership Changes at Top US Science Organizations
APS Bridge Program Selects New Sites
Golden Goose Award for Unorthodox Research
Finding New Physics Among Earthquake Lights
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Members in the Media
This Month In Physics History
Diversity Corner
Inside the Beltway
Profiles in Versatility
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
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