Bridge Program Now Accepting Student Applications

The APS Bridge Program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who earn a Ph.D. in physics. Applications for fall 2016 are now available. African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in physics are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements: Underrepresented minorities who will complete or have already completed a bachelor’s degree in physics or a closely related field and plan to pursue a physics doctoral degree are eligible.

The deadline for applications is March 21, 2016. For more information please visit the APS Bridge Program or email

APS Announces 2017 CUWiP Sites

The 2017 APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) will be held January 13-15, 2017. The following universities are hosting conferences:
  • Harvard University
  • Montana State University
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wayne State University

The APS CUWiP goal is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience 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 website.

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

Join the National Mentoring Community at the 2016 APS March Meeting

The APS National Mentoring Community (NMC) provides support for successful mentoring relationships with undergraduate students who are underrepresented minorities in physics. Visit the NMC webiste to register for free as an NMC mentor and then invite a student to join as a mentee through the program. If you are an NMC participant or simply wish to learn more about the NMC, please join us for an informal get-together on Sunday, March 13 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., at the 2016 APS March Meeting in Baltimore. We will provide refreshments, and we welcome your ideas on how to make the NMC as effective as possible.

2016 APS National Mentoring Community Conference

Registered NMC mentors and mentees are eligible for discounted registration and travel funding to our second annual NMC Conference, which will take place on October 21 - 23, at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. For more information, visit the NMC Conference webpage.

MSI Travel Grants still available for 2016 PhysTEC Conference

It’s not too late! 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. This conference will be held March 11 - 13 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore, Maryland, immediately preceding the 2016 APS March Meeting. Learn more and register now at the 2016 PhysTEC Conference webpage.

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February 2016 (Volume 25, Number 2)

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2016 APS President - Homer Neal
APS April Meeting is Bound for Salt Lake City
New DOE Science Director Sets Sights on “Pasteur’s Quadrant”
Art and Science in the Gallery of Fluid Motion
New Physics Classification Scheme Unveiled
2016 Budget Boosts Funding for Science in U.S.
Supreme Court Hits a Nerve with Comments on Diversity
New Journals Piggyback on arXiv
Inside the Beltway
The Back Page
Inside APS
This Month in Physics History
Diversity Update