Forum for Early Career Scientists

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Established in 2016, the objective of the Forum for Early Career Scientists (FECS) is to enhance APS's ability to meet the needs of early career scientists, to offer them support services, and to provide them with an opportunity for increased inclusion and participation in the activities and decision-making of the physics community.

FECS unit posterObjective: Support, Opportunities, Participation

The forum’s main purposes are to foster scientific communication and cooperation between early career scientists working in different fields all over the world to promote career path development.

Researchers working in the early stages of their careers, including physicists, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists of other related fields.

Integration of early career scientists into the broad community of physicists working in academic and non-academic fields, including industry, national laboratories, related STEM fields, and non-STEM fields, both nationally and internationally.

News & Announcements

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2019 Election Winner's Biographies
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Our FECS Chair-Elected Jason S Gardner becomes APS Fellow. Congratulations!

Jason GardnerJason S Gardner was appointed a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Scientists who have made extraordinary research developments can be made APS Fellow. The number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership. It is a prestigious recognition by peers of his outstanding contributions to physics.

He is honored for his "For leadership in the application of neutron scattering techniques in geometrically-frustrated magnets, for global outreach in neutron scattering and the support of international students andscientists worldwide in their early careers"

Jason Gardner’s scientific interests are primarily in frustrated magnets, but he’s also performed research in many areas of condensed matter over 20 years of study.

He has published over 120 papers giving extraordinary contributions to the research in quantum magnetism and in 2008 was made a fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK). Jason has also been a member-at-large of the APS Forum on International Physics (FIP) from 2015 to 2017 and chaired the Distinguished Student program in the last years. In 2016 was one of the co-founders of the FECS and currently is the FECS Chair-elect.

We are proud to have Jason on board on FECS, and we wish him an exceptional year as Chair in 2019.

Congratulation Jason!

Fall 2018 FECS Newsletter
The FECS Fall 2018 Newsletter is here.
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The executive committee is happy to announce that the FECS is collaborating with the Forum on International Physics (FIP) to award 8-10 travel grants to excellent foreign students to allow them to present their work at the APS March or April meeting in 2019. As many of you realize, these annual APS meetings are important events to launch careers, and we recognize that many students don't have the resources to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Between 8-10 grants will be awarded to deserving young scientists at a value depending on their perceived needs. If you are, or know of, an excellent, foreign undergraduate or graduate student planning to attend one of the APS meetings we encourage applications through the APS web site. More information on the awards can be found on the FIP webpages.

Please note that the deadline for submission of applications was September 8, 2018.

Good luck!
The FECS Executive Committee

March Meeting 2018 Energy Research Workshop
sponsored workshop with FECS and GERA
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FECS New Facebook Group
We are pleased to announce our new FECS group on Facebook. Join us!
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Upcoming Meetings

APS March Meeting 2020
March 2-6, 2020

APS April Meeting 2020
April 18-21, 2020

March Meeting 2021
March 15-19, 2021

APS April Meeting 2021
April 17-20, 2021

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