Women in Physics

Through the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), APS is committed to encouraging the recruitment, retention, and career development of women physicists at all levels. Connect with us through the Friends of CSWP listserv or the Women in Physics LinkedIn

For Students  

Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics 
APS CUWiP is a three-day regional conference for undergraduate physics majors. It usually takes place on MLK weekend each year at multiple sites throughout the US and Canada, however, CUWiP 2021 will be held virtually. Applications will open in September.
Conference Information

Professional Skills Development Seminars
These seminars provide undergraduate and graduate students with training in effective negotiation and communication skills. 
Find contact information for seminar leaders

IBM Research/APS Internships for Undergraduate Women
APS and IBM co-sponsor a 10-week paid summer internship for undergraduate women at one of three IBM locations. Application Deadline: January 31
Application Information

Grants for Women in Physics Groups
These grants support the CSWP mission towards the recruitment and retention of women in physics at the undergraduate level.
Grant Information
Women in Physics Groups

Opportunities at APS Meetings

Professional Skills Development Workshops
These workshops provide women physicists with professional training in effective negotiation and communication skills, as well as a special opportunity for networking.
Apply to Participate at an upcoming Meeting

Childcare Grants
Small grants up to $400 available for meeting attendees who are bringing small children to a meeting or who incur extra expenses in leaving their children at home.
Apply for March or April Meeting Grants


The percentage of women earning bachelor's degrees in physics is declining. The STEP UP project is tackling the issue by designing research-based curriculum/classroom strategies for high school teachers to encourage women to study undergraduate physics.
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For Departments 

Host a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
The primary goal of the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) is to increase recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in physics. Submit your Expression of Interest by September 1 and apply by November 1.
Application Information

Inclusive Graduate Education Network
IGEN is a pilot effort that brings together a half dozen selective graduate programs in physics to develop, adopt, and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting, and retaining women and underrepresented minorities.
More about IGEN

Climate Site Visits 
This program helps physics departments and research facilities warm the "chilly climate" that women in physics often experience by inviting a site visit team to provide external perspectives and suggestions. 
Site Visit Information

Inclusive Graduate Department Questionnaire  
A collection of responses to a series of questions about graduate programs in physics to help assess the climate for women at various graduate schools.
Assessing Graduate Programs

Effective Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Women in Physics
CSWP has published five updated documents to aid departments in improving the climate for women and underrepresented minorities in physics, from undergraduates to faculty.
Effective Practices

Nominate Women for APS Prizes, Awards, and Fellowships

Nominations are due in early summer
APS Prizes, Awards, and Fellowship recognize outstanding achievements in research, education and public service.
APS Prizes and Awards Guidelines
Scholarships and Awards for Women

M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship
This fellowship is designed to enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers. Deadline: June 1 each year
Fellowship Information

Maria Goeppert Mayer Award 
This award is to recognize and enhance outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career. Deadline: June 3, 2019
Award Information