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Education and Diversity Update

APS Releases Updated Statistics on Women, Minorities, and Education

Drawing on national databases, each year APS collects and produces a number of graphics and data files that document the participation of various groups in physics. To see the latest numbers and historical trends on physics majors (bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D.’s), women in physics, underrepresented minorities, and more, visit Physics Graphs & Statistics. Thanks to Sam Montgomery from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for his help in assembling the data.

NMC Travel Awards for 2017 Día de la Física Deadline: September 21

The APS National Mentoring Community (NMC) is partnering with the National Society of Hispanic Physicists to co-sponsor their Día de la Física at the University of Utah on October 21, 2017 in Salt Lake City. This meeting, which occurs during the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference, offers programming specific to physicists and physics students. Travel awards are available for NMC participants. For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page. Not an NMC member? Join at the NMC page.

APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics Application for Students Opens September 1

The 2018 APS CUWiP will be held at twelve universities across the U.S. and Canada January 12 - 14, and provide great opportunities for women in physics to network, as well as learn from scientific presentations, panel discussions, graduate school fairs, and career expos! Applications are open September 1 - October 13 at the CUWiP page.

Interested in hosting a APS CUWiP at your university in 2019?

APS CUWiPs are three-day regional conferences at multiple sites across the U.S. and Canada, and are designed to increase the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in physics. If you are interested in applying to be a host site for our 2019 conferences, please visit go.aps.org/cuwiphost and submit an application form by November 1. Email women@aps.org for more information.

Free Professional Skills Seminars for Students

With support from the National Science Foundation, APS has trained another cohort of women in physics to facilitate professional skills seminars for students and postdocs at your university! Professional Skills Development Seminars are designed to reach women in physics, and will teach students communication and negotiation skills. Visit the Communication and Negotiation Skills Seminar for Women page to find a facilitator near you!

Woman Physicist of the Month

Lilia Woods

Lilia Woods

Dr. Lilia Woods obtained a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Tennessee under the guidance of Prof. Gerald D. Mahan. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory/University of Tennessee, which was followed by a National Research Council Director’s-funded postdoc position at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Woods then joined the department of physics at the University of South Florida, where she is currently a professor. Her group of graduate students and postdocs works on a variety of cutting-edge problems reaching across condensed matter physics, materials science, and devices. She works with faculty and graduate students to develop presentations, in-class demonstrations, lab visits, and experiments so high school students can actively participate and prepare for successful undergraduate studies in physics.

Nominate the next Woman Physicist of the Month by emailing the nominee's name, institution, email, and CV, as well as one to three paragraphs about the nominee and why she is worthy of recognition to women@aps.org.

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