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Volume 2, Number 6

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» Resources for Career Advice
» APS Webinars: Upcoming and Archived Presentations
» APS International Travel Grant Award Program
» APS Physics Frontline Blog

APS Careers is now on Twitter!

For all the latest news and programs from APS Careers and Professional Development, look for us at #APSCareers!

And you can now watch archived APS webinars right on YouTube!

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Dear Physics Educator,

In early June, the APS, in conjunction with AAPT held a 3-day “Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program” workshop to help physics departments strengthen their programs. There were over 100 participants in attendance from 55 institutions, including 20 Minority-Serving Institutions, who were there to learn about increasing their numbers and enhancing their programs. Attendees all walked away with actions that they could implement once back at their institutions and reported that the opportunities to network with other like-minded educators was very inspiring. An article in this month’s APSNews gives more highlights from this excellent workshop. Several of the presentations are also available on the workshop website.

With best regards,

Arlene Knowles

Arlene Modeste Knowles
Wavefront Editor


Resources for Providing Career Advice for Graduating Students

The APS Careers Website has a wealth of information on different physics career paths. Visit any of the pages below to give students a sense of the nearly endless options available to those with a physics degree.

  • Physicist Profiles – help students learn more about physicists working in a variety of fields with a diversity of degree paths. Read More »
  • Physics InSight slideshow – display this colorful slideshow—featuring information on physics careers, scholarships, and more—in your department. Read More »
  • APS Jobs Board – encourage your students to browse through thousands of science and technology jobs in our database. Read More »
  • APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) – encourage your students to join this APS unit and connect to the physics industrial and applied community. Learn More »


APS Webinars: The Future of Physics In America:
Effective Advocacy, Budget Cuts, and What You Can Do.

Tuesday, July 31, 3:00 pm ET
Join us for a discussion about the effect proposed drastic budget cuts--the so-called "sequestration"--will have on the American scientific enterprise, and more specifically on schooling and job opportunities for physicists. The APS Office of Public Affairs and fellow student advocates will discuss their advocacy experiences, the current state of science policy as it relates to funding, and how we can effectively advocate against drastic budget cuts that fund research.

Space is limited! Register today »

APS Webinars Archives: Everything You Wanted to Know About Physics Grad School (But Were Afraid to Ask!)

On-Demand Video Webinar is Available Now!
In this webinar, a panel of graduate students were available for an open, candid discussion about their experiences. Register today to view this informative presentation. Note: you must have Windows Media Player Version 9 or higher to access the video.

Register online to watch the webinar »

APS Webinars: Acing the Physics GRE: Tips and Strategies

Recorded Tuesday, July 17
Many physics students are intimidated by the prospect of taking the physics GRE subject exam. GRE prep course leader, Jeremy Dodd conducted an interactive webinar in which he described the content and format of the Physics GRE subject test, provided advice and tips on how best to prepare for the test, and offered test-taking strategies.

Register for the recorded webinar online »


APS International Travel Grant Award Program

Deadline: 23 July 2012
This program, sponsored by several APS units, has the goal of promoting international scientific collaborations between APS members and physicists in developing countries. It does this by providing funding to scientists for international travel while visiting a collaborator. Learn More »


Physics Frontline Blog: Tips on communicating science to non-scientists and other physics-related news

Communicating science to a general audience in plain, laymen's terms goes a long way in getting someone without a scientific background to understand your research. Do you want to learn how you can convince non-scientists to care about breakthroughs in physics like the recent likely discovery of the Higgs Boson?

For physics related news and more tips on how best to communicate your research to a general audience, read the Physics Frontline blog by the APS Public Affairs Office.

Read Physics Frontline »

Physics Buzz Blog:
Commentary on physics news from the APS PhysicsCentral Team

Check out the APS PhysicsCentral team’s Physics Buzz blog for interesting commentary on current physics news from a different perspective. It’s sometimes fun, sometimes serious and always informative.

Read Physics Buzz Blog »

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