Travel Grants Available for 2016 PhysTEC Conference

Faculty from minority-serving institutions (MSIs) are encouraged to apply for travel grants to attend the 2016 PhysTEC Conference, the nation’s largest meeting dedicated to physics teacher education. The PhysTEC Conference will be held March 11-13 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore, MD, immediately preceding the 2016 APS March Meeting. Learn more and register now at the PhysTEC 2016 Conference page.

Join the APS National Mentoring Community

In your fall courses, do you have underrepresented minority undergraduates who have the potential to earn a degree in physics? Now is the time to nominate them to participate in the APS National Mentoring Community (NMC) as your official mentees. The NMC provides support to enable the development of a successful mentoring relationship. Visit the NMC website to register for free as an NMC mentor, and then invite your mentees to join through the program.

APS Meetings — Child Care Grants

Small grants of up to $400 are available to assist 2016 APS March and April meeting attendees who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (i.e., for extra daycare or babysitting services). More information and the online application can be found at the Meeting Child Care Grants page.

Professional Skills Development Workshop for Women Physicists

With support from the National Science Foundation, APS will host a Professional Skills Development Workshop for female physicists at the 2016 APS March Meeting. Postdoctoral associates and early-to-mid-career faculty and scientists are invited to apply. Applicants affiliated with a U.S. institution/facility are eligible for travel and lodging funding consideration. Those needing funding assistance are encouraged to apply early. The deadline for the workshop and a link to the online application can be found online at the Professional Skills Development page.

APS Bridge Program Application Now Open

The APS Bridge Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2016. Underrepresented minorities interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in physics are encouraged to apply by the March 18, 2016 deadline. Visit the APS Bridge Program website for more information or email

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December 2015 (Volume 24, Number 11)

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Astronomy Allies Team Up to Confront Sexual Harassment
First Elected APS Treasurer: James Hollenhorst
Squinting to See a Single Photon
Tracking Earth’s Carbon Cycle from Space
2015 APS National Mentoring Committee and Bridge Program Conference
Edible Optics, Tracking Bugs, and More
Steering Small-Scale Satellites
APS Council of Representatives Approves Three New Statements
Inside APS
This Month in Physics History
Diversity Update
Profiles in Versatility
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