Policy & Advocacy


The APS Office of Government Affairs (OGA) was established to facilitate communication between physicists, the public, and government on scientific issues of concern to APS members and to the nation as a whole.

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APS serves the needs of its membership and the general public by providing information on how to take action and contact lawmakers on issues that affect both the physics community and the nation as a whole.

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Visas and Immigration

International students pursuing advanced STEM degrees in the US can be denied student visas if they intend to work in the US after they graduate.

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APS Leadership Helium Recommendations

The price of helium is increasing at an unsustainable rate. Congress should address this by creating an extensive helium recycling program.

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RISE Act Campaign

To protect the future of our nation’s research enterprise and our country’s role as a global leader in innovation, Congress must act to ensure the full recovery of the scientific community.

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Federal Research Funding

Funding for science is essential for maintaining an edge in national security, energy security, scientific leadership and economic prosperity.

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Call Congress's attention to the recommendations made by APS leadership on assisting researchers that have been affected by the pandemic.

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Congress should take action to preserve current methane emissions regulations and require a rigorous assessment of emissions from the oil and gas industry.

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Sexual Harassment in the Sciences

A survey of undergraduate women in physics found that nearly 75% of respondents experienced at least one type of sexual harassment.

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Reports & Studies

POPA Reports
The APS Panel on Public Affairs initiates in-depth studies on topics ranging from energy and environment to national security issues.

APS Studies
APS has undertaken a number of studies of timely technical issues as part of its role to serve emerging public needs.

APS Statements

APS Statements are public policy statements that undergo a meticulous process of draft and review, including receiving comments from APS members, before being voted on by APS Council at one of its semiannual meetings.

Five Sigma Physicists

APS members lauded for outstanding advocacy.

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Science Policy News

APS Responds to Proposed Drastic Cuts to Federal Science Agencies in FY21 Budget
The President’s budget for fiscal year 2021 proposes harmful cuts to federal science agencies – including the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation.

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Op-Eds by APS Member Volunteers

APS works with members to publish op-eds in their local newspapers. View Archive

Signal Boost

Signal Boost is a monthly email from the American Physical Society on the latest science policy news, perspectives, and pathways for action.
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Congressional Science Fellowship

These fellowships provide a public service by making available individuals with scientific knowledge and skills to Members of Congress. The application deadline is on December 15.

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