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Career Mentoring Fellows Program

The Career Mentoring (CM) Fellows program seeks physicists working in industry, government/national labs, or academia, who are interested in mentoring undergraduate students, learning and teaching about diverse career paths of physics degree holders, and establishing a stronger connection with the physics community. Once you become a Career Mentoring Fellow, you can continue participate as long as you are still interested. We will keep your information and may contact you for future mentoring opportunities beyond 2022-2023. You may also reach out to us at careers@aps.org.

Applications for 2023 Career Mentoring Fellows are now open. Apply by Friday, August 15, 2022.

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Please note: In addition to the application, a statement of support must be submitted by a student or early career physicist who you have worked with as a mentor, teacher, or volunteer.

Program Components

As a Career Mentoring Fellow, you can expect to:

  • Receive implicit bias training.
  • Receive mentor training.
  • Gain expertise about physics careers and learn about APS Career Resources.

To fulfill this role, you will have the opportunity to do one or more of the following:

  • Provide feedback on presentations in the undergraduate research sessions at APS Meetings. For 2022-2023: APS March Meeting, APS April Meeting, or the DPP Annual Meeting. If you participate as a CM Fellow, you will receive partial travel funding and compensated meeting registration.
  • Participate in career mentoring and résumé help desk in APS Job Fairs.
  • Give a talk at APS CUWiP or an institution near you to raise awareness about diverse physics careers using APS resources.

Who Should Apply

Physicists working in industry as well as those in academia, including postdocs or faculty, are encouraged to apply.

Ideal applicants will have:

  • An interest in learning about diverse physics careers and mentoring students,
  • Previous volunteer or mentoring experience with students/early career scientists,
  • Leadership skills, preferably related to activities benefiting students, and
  • An interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application

To qualify, you will need to submit an application answering questions about:

  • Your interest in physics careers,
  • Past volunteer work with APS or other organizations,
  • Past experience with mentoring,
  • A short statement listing your interest in, and any past experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

You will also need to provide a half page statement of support from a student or early career scientist detailing your investment in mentoring or supporting students and early career physicists.

Get to Know CM Fellows

To view a list of CM Fellows and where they work, please see the links below. If you are interested in hosting a CM Fellow for a career talk, please review this list, then contact careers@aps.org for further assistance.

2022 Career Mentoring Fellows
2021 Career Mentoring Fellows
2020 Career Mentoring Fellows