Career Mentoring Fellows Program

The Career Mentoring (CM) Fellows program seeks physicists working in industry or academia, who are interested in mentoring undergraduate students, learning and teaching about diverse career paths of physics degree holders, and establishing a stronger connection with the physics community. The CM Fellows program is a one year commitment with program activities taking place over a full calendar year.

Program Components

All Career Mentoring Fellows will:

  • Gain expertise as a career mentor by learning about various APS Career resources, such as our online professional development guidebook, the APS Careers 2020 guide, and the APS Job Board,
  • Receive implicit bias and mentoring training, and
  • Receive partial travel funding and compensated registration for the March or April meeting.

Each CM Fellow will also be expected to:

  • Provide feedback on presentations in the undergraduate research sessions (oral and poster) at a March or April meeting, and
  • Give a talk at an institution near them to raise awareness about diverse physics careers using APS resources.

Who should apply

Physicists working in industry as well as those in academia, including graduate students, postdocs, or faculty, are encouraged to apply.

Ideal applicants will have:

  • An interest in learning about diverse physics careers and mentoring students,
  • Previous volunteer or mentoring experience with students/early career scientists,
  • Leadership skills, preferably related to activities benefiting students, and
  • An interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application

Applications for 2021 Career Mentoring Fellows will open in November 2020. Please check back then for a link to the application form.

To qualify, you will need to submit an application answering questions about

  • Your interest in physics careers,
  • Past volunteer work with APS or other organizations,
  • Past experience with mentoring,
  • A short statement listing your interest in, and any past experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

You will also need to provide a half page statement of support from a student or early career physicist detailing your investment in mentoring or supporting students and early career physicists.