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Travel support is available for Minority-Serving-Institution faculty interested in attending the 2018 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference on February 9-10 in College Park, MD. This annual conference is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to the education of future physics teachers. It will be followed, on February 10-11, by the Building Thriving Undergraduate Physics Programs workshop, which assists departments in developing strategies for increasing enrollment of physics majors. The deadline for registrations and applications for funding is January 18th. Find out more at the PhysTEC 2018 Conferences page.
Register before January 18th for a one-day workshop to learn about Next Gen Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET)—a Next Generation Science Standards-based course for prospective elementary teachers. Travel support is available if you are considering implementing a version of PET at your institution. This workshop precedes the PhysTEC conference. Check it out at the PhysTEC PET Workshop page.
In response to the sense of urgency felt by the APS Committee on Minorities (COM) to understand the decline of the percentage of physics bachelor's degrees earned by African Americans, the committee decided to host a one-day summit for physics chairs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Black Student Initiatives (BSI) in order to identify actions that could be taken. The HBCU/BSI Physics Chairs Summit was held at the Ellis Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia on September 28, 2017. The 31 attendees participated in a series of focused discussions on key topics identified by COM, which was compiled into a comprehensive report that includes recommendations for future work. Please take a moment to view the report.
The Braslau Family Travel Grant Fund has been established to provide needed support for students and early career physicists to attend key meetings to advance their career and professional aspirations. The deadline to submit applications is February 1, 2018. Please visit the Braslau page to learn more.
Undergraduate and graduate women in physics are invited to attend a professional skills seminar on Sunday, March 4, 4:00-6:00 PM, at the APS March Meeting 2018 in Los Angeles. This two-hour seminar will focus on professional skills that students can use to interact effectively on teams and with a mentor or advisor, think tactically, articulate goals, enhance their personal presence, develop alliances, and negotiate a position in academia, industry, or at a national lab. This highly interactive workshop will be led by Homeyra Sadaghiani, a professor of physics at Cal Poly Pomona.
APS and IBM co-sponsor two undergraduate research internship programs; one for undergraduate women and one for underrepresented minorities. The goals of the programs are to encourage women and underrepresented minority undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. Both internship programs offer salaried positions, at IBM research locations, that are typically 10 weeks long and provide an opportunity for interns to work closely with an IBM mentor. Two letters of recommendation required. For more information visit the APS/IBM Research page.
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