eNNOUNCER November 2023
2023 AAPT Board of Directors Election Results
The AAPT membership has voted and elected the following members to serve on the AAPT Board of Directors.
Vice President: Debbie Andres
Two-year College Representative: David Marasco
Treasurer: James Freericks
Thank you to all of the candidates for their support. Congratulations to those who will take office at the 2024 Winter Meeting.
2024 AAPT Winter Meeting
Join your colleagues at the 2024 AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana January 6-9. Surround yourself with Physics Educators from around the globe and develop and strengthen professional connections. Hear from internationally known plenary speakers, attend sessions, workshops and special activities designed with you in mind. Don't miss this opportunity to share your expertise and learn from and network with leaders in the field.
Important Update on 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans
The AAPT leadership recently sent a letter to members with an important update regarding the upcoming 2024 AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans. AAPT remains committed to inclusivity, diversity, and supporting all of our members, including those who are affected by recent legislative developments. AAPT's goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees, regardless of the meeting's location. Read more
Stay at the conference hotel in downtown New Orleans at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel and enjoy our prime location on the banks of the Mississippi River and steps from the French Quarter. Stay in a spacious guest room with views of the vibrant city or relaxing riverfront views. Book now! The last day to receive the conference rate is December 14.
Registration (The early bird deadline is approaching)
Despite the increase in inflation, AAPT is resolute in its decision to keep registration fees the same as last year, with the goal of ensuring the 2024 Winter Meeting remains accessible and affordable for all attendees. Register now and lock in the best conference available rate. The early bird deadline is November 2, 2023.
AAPT has set aside funds to help members of the physics education community defray the cost of attending the 2024 AAPT Winter Meeting (WM24).
AAPT Dependent Care and Accessibility Grants
AAPT Travel Grants
AAPT will be offering a number of workshops on Saturday, January 6. This is a great opportunity to gather with your colleagues and learn some new teaching techniques while engaging in thoughtful discussion. Register now, as these workshops can fill up quickly.
The AAPT Meeting Planning Committee is working hard to put together an exciting and informative program. A draft schedule has been posted to help you with your travel plans.
Post-deadline Poster Abstracts
AAPT is now accepting post-deadline presentations for the Winter Meeting. Post-deadline posters will be placed in one of the two regular poster sessions. The last day to submit is November 27, 2023. Submit your poster presentation today!
Award Winner's Giving Plenary Talks
The 2024 Richtmyer Awardee is Katie Mack , Dr. Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She currently holds the position of the Hawking Chair in Cosmology and Science Communication at the Perimeter Institute.
The 2024 Oersted Medal Winner is Laura H. Greene. Dr. Greene is Chief Scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Marie Krafft Professor of Physics at Florida State University.
Sanlyn Buxner, Associate Research Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, The University of Arizona
K. Renee Horton, Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstrator Project (EPFD) Airworthiness Deputy at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans
Physics and Astronomy STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change Departmental Program is recruiting for its third cohort!
Is your department interested in doing a deep dive to better understand itself regarding diversity and inclusion? Does your department want to do systemic change around diversity, equity, and inclusion but may not know where to start?
The Physics and Astronomy STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change Departmental Program is recruiting for its third cohort! P/A SEA Change is a collaboration among many physics and astronomy professional societies, including AAPT, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Postsecondary education departments work through a comprehensive self-assessment regarding policies, practices, culture, climate, and outcomes. The self-assessment informs a 5-year action plan. Departments then apply for a Bronze award. If awarded, they will need to complete their 5-year plan. More information on the program is here.
We invite physics and astronomy postsecondary education departments in the United States (US) or US territories to apply to join cohort 3. Please apply for cohort 3 here by 22 November 2023. We plan on informing departments whether they are joining cohort 3 by the end of 2023.
If you have any questions, please email Dr. Alexis V. Knaub, Director of P/A SEA Change, at email@example.com.
Mike Florek and Saara Naudts Receive 2024 Barbara Wolff-Reichert Travel Grant
The first recipients of the Barbara Wolff-Reichert Travel Grant have been identifed. The award will be presented to Mike Florek (early career teacher) and Saara Nadts (more experienced teacher) by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) at the AAPT 2024 Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Read more
New Anonymous Reporting Tool!
AAPT has implemented an ethics and compliance hotline called "Red Flag Reporting." Red Flag Reporting is an independent company that is dedicated to protecting organizations plus their employees, assets, reputations, and in the case of AAPT, our members. This service allows people to report any concerns regarding activities at AAPT events in violation of our code of conduct. To file a report, provide client code AAPTEvent and simply do one of the following:
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For more information, see this information posted in COMMUNITIES. If you have questions about AAPT's policies regarding these types of matters, we encourage you to review the information contained in our Code of Conduct.
Support AAPT and Join the 1930 Society!
Your support goes above and beyond member dues, and we are so grateful to members like you who are investing in the future of physics education. That's why we decided to launch the 1930 Society. This special group of supporters, named after our founding year, honors contributions of $500 or more every year to our association so we can better serve physics educators and the physics education community.
Would you like to get involved with the 1930 Society? Donate today!
Call to Area Committees and List Serves - AAPT COMMUNITIES
If you chair an Area Committee and are interested in creating a group on COMMUNITIES, please get in touch with us. This may be the best way to create a "friends of the committee" group going forward. Using this method, the Chair could set the default delivery option for the group to Real-Time, which would most accurately mirror the current list serve model. These groups would be open for any AAPT member to join. We would like to start with a handful of these groups as a pilot program to see how it works. If you are interested, please reach out to Mike Hall (email@example.com).
For those who do not choose to create a dedicated group on COMMUNITIES, you can still use the platform to let AAPT members know about your activities by posting in the General Community. We encourage all AAPT members to visit the AAPT COMMUNITIES platform and follow the Tag for any committee that you are interested in. Likewise, we encourage Committee Chairs to use this tag when posting information relevant to your committee.
Join Us for the AAPT Virtual Coffee Hour and Remote Instruction Share-a-thon
AAPT is working to help our members communicate with one another to provide the best physics education possible. AAPT members bring questions about physics education (taken broadly) to discuss and share their experiences in a confidential setting.
Please join us for these events!
Check here for next Virtual Coffee Hour. Check your in-box for an invitation. Please make sure you RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the event. Everyone who RSVPs will be sent log-in instructions a few hours prior to the call. We hope you can join us!
Help Support AAPT!
We are living in incredibly challenging times. AAPT has been on the forefront providing resources to help physics educators. However, we need your support to continue AAPT's programs and resources. Gifts to the AAPT Annual Fund support the everyday operations of AAPT, from inspiring excellence through educational programming to recognizing award winning physics professionals, all critical pieces in supporting the advancement of physics education. Many of these programs run year round that need your support--donate today to the Annual Fund to make a difference!
Find a New Job This Year
The AAPT Career Center is here to help make your job hunting easier! With our powerful search tools, you'll be able to narrow things down by education level, sector, and experience, to find exactly what you're looking for. We work directly with academic institutions searching for the finest talent to fill the latest teaching posts, including positions like lecturer, instructor, and full professor. Browse our full list of jobs today.
Want to Engage More with AAPT? Nominate Yourself to Become a Member of an Area Committee!
The National Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for all Area Committee. As an Area Committee member you will play a crucial role in helping your Area Committee actively work on their respective missions. All AAPT members are eligible to serve on an Area Committee.
Nominees will be considered for the WM24-WM27 Cycle (term begins at the conclusion of WM24 and ends at the conclusion of WM27). Nominations are considered on a rolling basis but priority will be given to applications submitted by August 4, 2023. Read More or go directly to the nomination form
CRC Handbook Needs Physics Teachers!
The CRC Handbook is looking for a physics teacher (high school or undergraduate) to help review physics topics in the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. If interested, please contact Dr. John Rumble - Editor-in-Chief at email@example.com.
Seeking Candidate for One Part-Time Position at AAPT
Are you interested in a part-time position identifying fundraising opportunities and developing donor relationships? If so, you may be interested in the Development Manager position.
Click here to learn more about this position and apply today! Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until each position is filled.
Organization for Physics at Two-Year Colleges
OPTYCs (The Organization for Physics at Two-Year Colleges) is busy planning for future events and programs. To get the latest news, please check our website: https://optycs.aapt.org. This summer we plan to offer 2 virtual workshops: one on solar observing, and one on sustaining student clubs. As always, our events are free of charge, and open to everyone! We hope to see you soon!
Preparing for the International Year of Quantum Science and Technology
The American Journal of Physics is planning a special issue for January 2025 to kick off the International Year of Quantum Science and Technology. If you're interested in serving as a guest editor, please contact the AJP editor, Beth Parks, firstname.lastname@example.org and see the editorial describing the special issue at https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0173872. The cut-off date for submissions will be March 31, 2024.
Teaching the Science Behind the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics Resource Page
AAPT has developed an educator resource for Teaching the Science Behind the Nobel Prize in Physics. The resource contains articles from AJP and TPT that appeared from a search on attosecond. See more
Seeking Members for the New and Early Career Physics Educator Task Force
The AAPT Board seeks to appoint a task force focused on recruiting and retaining new and early career physics educators to AAPT. The goal of this task force will be to Increase membership among new and early career physics educators, enhance awareness of the benefits and value of membership, and improve member recruitment and retention rates. For more information about the task force see this.
If you are interested in serving in this leadership role, please complete this form by Monday, November 6th. In particular, we are looking for six enthusiastic member volunteers who have some knowledge about the AAPT national organization and who are:
• engaged as physics teachers including University, College, TYC, and K12 (especially the HS teaching community).
• are new or early in their physics teaching careers.
We welcome experienced members, too. We hope that you will take this opportunity to help shape the future of AAPT. Thank you for considering this important opportunity.
Each year AAPT sponsors a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad. AAPT is responsible for recruiting, selecting and training teams each year to compete in the International Physics Olympiad Competition. Your contribution is needed to support these high school students as they prepare to represent the U.S. internationally. Donate now!
Registration for the 2024 F=ma exam is now open. Registration information is posted on the U.S. Physics Team homepage.
Registration for the 2024 PhysicsBowl contest will open mid December. Updates will be posted on the PhysicsBowl webpage..
The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment provides grants to support special activities in the area of physics teaching. The deadline for applications to request funds is December 1, 2023.
The Physics of Living Systems Teacher (PoLS-T) Network invites all who want to advance the teaching of secondary/high school level physics to join, especially high school physics teachers, physics education researchers, and decision makers in school administration and government. PoLS-T is organized by Eric Mazur at Harvard University to support high school physics teaching and teachers worldwide.
Join the PoLS-T Network: https://forms.gle/cj87TLRzJ6zcCEUL6
It's easy to get so caught up in day-to-day professional responsibilities that you end up working in a bubble. Yet if your goal is to expand your career opportunities, engaging in the larger physical sciences community is an important step. For students and early-career scientists especially, joining a professional society can help build interpersonal networks and open up avenues for career advancement. Watch the video to learn more!
EdReports is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower educators with independent, credible, evidence-rich information about instructional materials to ensure students have what they need to be college and career-ready. They are now accepting applications for reviewers for reviews of K-12 science instructional materials. Apply now to engage in deep professional learning on the Next Generation Science Standards with a national network of skilled educators. Learn more about EdReports here and apply to become a reviewer here.
The AAPT team of the NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team (HEAT) will be offering a series of short 1.5-hour workshops one Saturday each month through December 2023. These workshops are directed to all physics teachers (high school, two-year college, and university), and will focus on lesson ideas and digital resource packages (AAPT Digi Kits) that help teach physics topics in an astronomy context. Register for one or more sessions, and learn more here .
Early Career Four-Year College and University Faculty: Registration for the November 2-5, 2023 four-day National Science Foundation supported Physics and Astronomy Faculty Teaching Institute opened September 5. The Institute will be held in Denver, CO. Additional information and a registration link are available at https://www.physport.org/fti/Events.cfm. The registration deadline is October 3.
DATE: Saturday, November 4, 2023
Location: Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
Integrating computational activities into physics: introductory to advanced
All physics educators from around the Chicagoland area (or anywhere else if you're willing to travel!) who want to energize their physics courses should attend! The scope of this workshop is appropriate for physics teachers from high schools, 2-year colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities. The workshop will include demonstrations and discussions about various aspects of integrating computational activities into physics courses at all levels from introductory to advanced.
More information and registration info can be found here: www.compadre.org/PICUP/events/Chicagoland2023/?S=1
Part-Time Consultant Opportunity: Physics and Astronomy Faculty Teaching Institute, Apply by October 27
The Physics and Astronomy Faculty Teaching Institute (formerly known as the New Faculty Workshop), a National Science Foundation-funded project run by AAPT and APS, is in search of a part-time consultant to support our post-workshop engagement initiatives. Our FTI workshop is conducted twice a year and draws participants from a significant portion of new physics and astronomy faculty in colleges and universities across the United States. In this role, you will collaborate closely with our current post-workshop engagement team to provide valuable opportunities for workshop attendees to further explore and apply research-backed teaching methodologies after their workshop experience. More information about the FTI is available at https://www.physport.org/fti
Joint UMN/Twin Cities + PICUP Regional Workshop 2023
Saturday November 18, 2023, 8:30am - 4pm
Sustainably Integrating Computation into Undergraduate Physics Courses
This day-long workshop will include demonstrations and discussions about various aspects of integrating computational activities into physics courses at all levels from introductory to advanced. There will be guided working time wherein participants will explore tested computational exercises, will build an outline for including computational activities into their courses, and discuss integrating computations throughout the curriculum. Participants will be encouraged to become part of a growing community of physics educators dedicated to improving the physics curriculum through including computation as a standard problem solving method. For more information and to register, go to https://www.physport.org/fti
Did your college or university graduate five or more physics teachers in the last academic year? If so, apply to join PhysTEC's 5+ Club and be recognized among the top 1% of teacher preparation programs in the country! The 2022-2023 application closes on November 17.
Register via Physics Today Webinars Thursday, November 16th, 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern (4:00-5:00 PM Pacific)
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New AAPT On Demand Store
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- How to Write for the AstroNotes Column : In this workshop, AstroNotes column editors, Janelle Bailey and Don Smith, will share ideas on how you can contribute to this regular column in The Physics Teacher. (3-Nov at 2pm PT / 5pm ET)
- Physics Activities for Life Sciences: In this workshop, join Duane Deardorff (Univ. NC - Chapel Hill) showcasing some no-cost activities developed specifically for physics courses geared toward life science students. (4-Nov at 9am PT / 12pm ET)
- Alternatives to Lab Reports: In this PER discussion, share your ideas about other ways you can assess lab work besides using a traditional lab report. (17-Nov at 12pm PT / 3pm ET)
- PER Findings about Introductory Labs: Join us for a presentation and discussion about what PER says regarding introductory college-level labs. (1-Dec at 1pm PT / 4pm ET)
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ODP Business Solutions: Restock Your Essentials and Save
Now is a great opportunity to declutter and organize your space. It is also the perfect time to restock your work or home essentials. By taking inventory of what you have and what you need, you can ensure that you're prepared for the busy spring and summer months ahead. Use your AAPT savings and get deals on top must-haves without overspending.
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What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be?
Teachers make a difference. Given the chance, most of us would like to leave a legacy to organizations we valued in our lifetime. You help shape the future. AAPT can help you determine what you want your legacy to be-to your family, to your fellow teachers, and to tomorrow's future teachers. Planned Giving creates opportunities for you to make a lasting difference to physics education and AAPT. Consider including AAPT in your estate and financial plans. Click here for more information or contact email@example.com.
AAPT Member Benefit: Up to 25 Free Downloads of AIP Journals Every Year
AAPT has partnered with AIP Publishing on a valuable member benefit. AAPT members now have access to 25 free article downloads every year from any of the AIP Publishing journals
This is an exclusive AAPT member benefit. Access any one of the journals in this list, now by clicking the 'SIGN IN' link in the right hand corner, and logging in with your Scitation username and password. Access the full text of an article from the journal by going to the article page and clicking either the "PDF" download or the "FULL TEXT" menu buttons. You will then be given an option to use one of your AAPT member credits to access the article. If you do not have a Scitation username and password e-mail Scitation and let them know.
Articles you download will be saved in your Scitation profile. AAPT members receive 25 free downloads each year as long as their membership remains in good standing.
Thank you for supporting AAPT, and we hope you enjoy this new membership benefit.
Call for Award Nominations
The AAPT Awards Committee invites nominations for all of AAPT awards, citations, and medals. We are particularly interested in nominations for AAPT Fellows and for the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT. Deadlines for nominations are June 1st and December 1st.
Infusing Engineering Into the Science Classroom
Join other teachers seeking to integrate engineering into their science classroom with this unique professional development opportunity. Headed by AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy fellows Matthew Peterie and Andrew Edmondson, you will learn from experienced and skillful teachers. The cost will be $385 for individual attendee which includes your registration for the year long program and meals for the two days at Olathe Northwest. If a group of teachers from a building or district would like to attend, reduced pricing is available. After registering your team by completing the form below, subsequent correspondence will make arrangements for payment. Sign up here.
OSTP/NSF Working Group on Quantum Information Education
Get the Facts Out
Do you need help with recruiting future teachers to your teacher preparation program? Check out these resources from Get the Facts Out. Our student and faculty presentations are designed to be easy to use as virtual presentations or for webinars that you can use to promote your programs. Here's an example you can watch. Have you seen the newly redesigned "Inspire Young Minds" GFO posters? Check them out here.
Join Us for the Upcoming Virtual Coffee Hour in COMMUNITIES!
October 16 at 7:30 pm ET on "Alternative Grading Strategies" with presenter W. Brian Lane, Let's Code Physics. Learn more and add this firstname.lastname@example.org to your calendar.
The Organization for Physics at Two-Year Colleges (OPTYCs) has a number of upcoming free events and programs (open to everyone):
In each month's eNNOUNCER, we will be posting a helpful hint on how to get the most out of the AAPT COMMUNITIES platform. This month's tip deals with how to set the frequency of the email notifications that you receive.
Barbara Wolff-Reichert Travel Grants
AAPT announces the Barbara Wolff-Reichert Travel Grant. This endowment fund was established in 2023, by Jonathan F. Reichert to honor Barbara Wolff-Reichert and to encourage both new and experienced high school teachers, who have never done so, to attend and participate in national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Read more
The Journal of High School Discovery is a new outlet for young researchers to share their work. We are the only journal created and run by high school students to publish the work of other high school students. This is a project we started out of a strong passion for science and a desire to show the world the passion of other like minded students.
We are looking for physics teachers to help curate our articles. As a curator, you would assist us by reviewing submissions for accuracy and scientific value, shaping the future of the journal. In addition, we ask for your help in connecting us with passionate students who may be interested in publishing their work.
We ask that interested teachers and students check us out at hsdjournal.com or contact us at email@example.com.
Are you code curious? In partnership with AAPT, Prof. Chris Orban will be leading a beginner and intermediate level online course for high school physics and physical science teachers on how to integrate computer science into these subjects in a way that strongly aligns with traditional physics learning goals. Back in 2017, Chris and others started the STEMcoding Project and began creating activities on the physics of video games. Participants have the option to purchase grad credit. Click here for more information.
The American Modeling Teachers Association
The American Modeling Teachers Association has been transforming STEM education since 2005. AMTA provides professional development on an instructional strategy called, Modeling Instruction, which builds conceptual understanding, improves classroom discourse, and engages students in the learning process. AMTA will soon announce our slate of virtual and face-to-face courses for 2023! Hosts are also beginning to schedule Modeling Workshops in different regions across the country. Details will be updated and registration will be open soon. You can see a full list with details as they become available at modelinginstruction.org/pd.
Let U.S. K-12 Educators Know: Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Application is Live!
The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a yearlong professional learning opportunity and short-term exchange for elementary, middle, and high school educators from the United States to develop skills to prepare students for a competitive global economy. Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms equips educators to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.
Congratulations to Joe Cossette for being named the 2023 PhysTEC National Teacher of the Year! Joe teaches at Minnetonka High School and was nominated by PhysTEC institution University of Minnesota. Each year, one national winner and several local winners are recognized for their exemplary work as high school physics educators. Teachers are nominated by PhysTEC member institutions. Get to know this year's awardees
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Arizona State University Master of Natural Science Degree for High School Teachers
Arizona State University has an interdisciplinary Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics for high school and TYC teachers. Courses are in summer, and the degree is founded on Modeling Instruction. Teachers in 15 western states can apply for 150% of resident graduate tuition; the deadline is APRIL 1.
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Medical physics website available as resource for physics educators
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), an affiliated organization with AAPT, just completed a large-scale effort to launch a public education website. Medical physics is a field that uses concepts in physics to address questions in medicine. Medical physicists work in research, education, and clinical capacities in medical imaging, radiation therapy, and health physics. Physics students who want to learn how an MRI scanner works, read about how radiation affects cells, or just want to learn about a career in applied physics will enjoy this website, which includes an active "Ask the Expert" platform. https://www.medicalradiationinfo.org/.
The Knowles Teaching Fellowship provides financial support, mentoring and coaching, and community membership for pre-service and first-year math and science teachers. Applications for next year's cohort are now open; submit a referral for a student you know today!
Find Resources for Teaching Physics for Life Sciences Students on the Living Physics Portal
The Living Physics Portal is an online environment for physics educators to find, share, and discuss free teaching materials for introductory physics for life sciences (IPLS). The objective of the Portal is to improve the education of the next generation of medical professionals and biologists by making physics classes more relevant for life sciences students. The Portal is available for free to all verified educators.
Features available on the Portal are:
• Anyone can view and download over 200 resources in our Vetted Library.
• Registered users can also view and download over 100 resources in our Community Library, along with answer keys and other instructor supplements, and join discussions about resources.
• Registered users can contribute curricular resources and instructor resources to our Community Library and Vetted Library, including adaptations of others' resources, and join our discussions. We accept all kinds of resources at all grain sizes, from a single activity to materials for a whole course. We encourage you to start by submitting a small activity to our Community Library. Once you get the hang of that, we invite you to contribute your polished materials to our Vetted Library to be reviewed by our editors.
Career Toolbox for Undergraduates
The Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Physics Students is a set of tools and exercises designed to help undergraduate physics students prepare to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce. Tools range from exploring the common job titles of physics bachelor's to preparing for interviews, and are all geared specifically for physics students. This resource is brought to you by the American Institute of Physics and the Society of Physics Students. The 4th Edition is now ready for use.
Recruit STEM Interns from the Best Job Sites for FREE!
The AAPT Career Center offers no-cost postings to employers recruiting seasonal interns. Locate the best fit for your organization by reaching the future of the science community - the AAPT membership, as well as the members and student members of the American Physical Society (APS Physics), AVS Science and Technology, and the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma.
Get the word out! Your posting will also appear on the Physics Today Jobs site, which when combined with the job sites of the organizations mentioned above forms the ultimate online science, engineering, and computing career network, ensuring maximum relevant visibility for your internship. Visit https://jobs.aapt.org/employers/ to get posting!
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