Future of Physics Days

APS Meeting Events for Undergraduate Students

Future of Physics Days (FPD) events help undergraduate students get the most out of APS March and April meetings through interactive workshops, professional development activities, and career discovery. The March Meeting Graduate Fair also offers opportunities for recruiters from graduate schools to showcase the benefits of their physics programs.

At FPD, you can advance your career by:

  • Presenting your research at undergraduate only sessions
  • Gaining valuable feedback on your presentation from trained mentors
  • Receiving a certificate of presentation that you can add to your CV or resume
  • Potentially winning a prize as a top presenter

You’ll also be able to:

  • Network with physicists from academia and industry
  • Explore different areas of physics to see what you are interested in
  • Learn about a diverse range of career options
  • Get a free laptop sleeve!

All FPD events are free to attend when you register for the March or April meeting.

Reasons to Attend FPD

Why participate in FPD? Here is what a recent student attendee said about the conference:

"I want to thank the team for the Future of Physics Days Travel Grant that made it possible for me to attend the event...The meeting was an amazing and constructive experience for me. The speeches, workshops, and posters were incredibly insightful, and I was able to network with fellow researchers and exchange ideas. I even found a potential future collaborator. The event exceeded my expectations and profoundly impacted my professional development." - Giuliano G. Porciúncula - Physics Undergraduate at Física de Materiais, Universidade de Pernambuco

Upcoming Meetings

March Meeting 2024

March 3 - 8, 2024
Minneapolis, MN and Virtual
Learn more about March Meeting 2024

April Meeting 2024

April 3 - 6, 2024
Sacramento, CA and Virtual
Learn more about April Meeting 2024

At March & April Meetings

  • Undergraduate Research Sessions (In-Person and Virtual)
    This is your opportunity to give an oral or poster presentation at an APS Meeting! Receive feedback on your work, meet potential colleagues, and earn a presentation certificate.
  • Career Workshop (Virtual)
    Specially created for virtual attendees, this career workshop offers insight and guidance into career paths available for physics degree holders and how to prepare for your future career!
  • Free laptop sleeve!

Events at the In-Person March Meetings 

The APS March Meeting centers on groundbreaking studies in condensed matter, materials, molecular and atomic physics, statistical and nonlinear physics, and data science.

  • Undergrad Student Get-Together
    Network and mingle with fellow undergraduate attendees. This event is co-hosted by APS and the Society of Physics Students (SPS).
  • Undergrad Lounge & Grad Fair
    Have a cup of coffee and relax in between sessions. This space is for undergrads only! Co-located with the lounge will also be a Graduate School Fair where you can chat with representatives from graduate programs looking to recruit undergrads. Interested in participating as a graduate recruiter? Learn more
  • Workshop: Building Your Physics Career: How to Put Your Science to WORK
    In this interactive workshop, celebrated career coach and author Peter Fiske will provide advice and strategies for taking your physics job search to the next level.
  • Student Reception
    The reception recognizes all students who presented in the Undergraduate Research Sessions. Top presentations receive a special prize. And of course, there is free food!
  • Networking Workshop
    Brush up on your networking skills and develop an elevator pitch so you can build connections at the conference!

Events at the In-Person April Meetings

The APS April Meeting focuses on cutting-edge research in the areas of astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics, and gravitation.

  • Lunch Panel on Graduate School
    Get to know a panel of graduate-level physics students over lunch and ask them any questions you have about graduate school, including how to choose where to apply, the application process, and life in graduate school.
  • Undergraduate Breakfast, Career Workshop, and Awards
    Over breakfast, learn how to prepare for a wide variety of careers in physics outside of academia. Following the workshop, undergraduate presenters from the APS/SPS Undergraduate Research Sessions will be recognized.
  • Meet Your Future: Career Panel and Networking
    Physicists working in various sectors, including those in the private sector and government jobs, will share their insights on how students can prepare for physics careers.

Review April Meeting 2023 career resources

Abstract Submission & Presenter Information

As you are preparing your abstract, keep these Abstract Submission Policies, Guidelines, and Tips in mind.

Is your research meeting-ready? Learn about oral vs. poster formats and the different session types by reviewing our Undergraduate Presentation Information.


Past Meetings

View past presentation winners and undergraduate epitomes in the Archive. Meeting photos are available on Flickr.

FPD is a collaboration between the American Physical Society (APS) and the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

FPD web 2019

Be Prepared

Here’s some extra help to shape your presentation. See Tips for:

Take the Next Step to Advance Your Education
Review career resources presented at April Meeting 2023.

Cut Your Travel Costs
FPD travel grants are available to help you attend the meeting.

Join APS
For students, the first year is free! Become a member.

Contact the APS Senior Careers Program Manager.

Top Presenters from March Meeting 2023

Top Presenters at the 2023 APS March Meeting

Additional March Meeting Photos: Album 1, Album 2

April Meeting 2023 top presenters

Top Presenters at the 2023 APS April Meeting

Additional April Meeting Photos: Album 1, Album 2

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