APS Chapters

APS Chapter movie nightThe American Physical Society (APS) Chapters support graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists. Focused on what is most important to their members, APS Chapters take a unique approach to specific issues at their institutions. Examples of issues addressed by chapters include graduate student pay, creating multimedia physics resources, and other topics around professional development, networking, advocacy, and fostering equity.

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Chapter Success Stories

Discover ways that APS Chapters are creatively addressing challenges on their campuses and in physics.

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Chapter Requirements

Only one chapter can be associated with a particular university, institution, or other organization. Chapters do not pay dues to APS. However, to remain in good standing, a chapter must have:

  • At least five chapter members who are members of the APS
  • A faculty/staff advisor who is a member of the APS
  • At least one event per semester
  • An annual report submitted to APS

The chapter annual report must include:

  • Results of chapter elections
  • A brief synopsis of chapter-related activities
  • Acknowledgement of APS Chapters Governance

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Chapter Member Eligibility

APS membership is not required for chapter membership. However, to be in good standing, a chapter must have at least five members who are also APS members. Additionally, only APS members are eligible to hold chapter officer positions or receive APS Chapters grants or awards.

Participating Institutions

  • Arizona State University
  • Drexel University
  • Florida State University
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Rice University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Houston
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

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