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FUTURE of Physics 2018

The FUTURE of Physics Program was held on November 1-2, 2018 at Caltech. We welcomed 33 women to campus for an incredible 2 days of networking and learning. FUTURE is a two day, all-expenses paid event, where participants have an opportunity to engage in intimate big-picture science discussions with Caltech faculty, attend panel discussions on topical research areas as well as on graduate student life, and receive personalized guidance on how to navigate the graduate school application process through mini-workshops. Read about more about the 2018 program here.

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The goal of FUTURE is to support the ambitions of aspiring young women in physics, who will go on to become part of a diverse generation of scientific leaders.

*We use an inclusive definition of "woman" and "female" and welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people

Round table discussion Lab tours


Program details

Materials and resources

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Preparing a personal statement

Preparing Letters of Recommendation

Preparing a Curriculum Vitae

Nominations and eligibility

The nomination deadline for FUTURE 2018 passed on August 31st, 2018. Details for the 2019 event will be announced in late Spring 2019.

The FUTURE participants are selected based on nominations from faculty for rising juniors and senior undergraduate women who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Physics. We do not accept direct applications from students. Rising juniors should have an interest in pursuing a PhD in physics and motivation to learn more about graduate education and opportunities. Rising seniors should be planning to apply to graduate school in the Fall of 2018 and have a demonstrated interest in physics research. We are committed to building a cohort that is diverse among multiple axes and strongly encourage nominations of women with identities that are historically underrepresented in physics. A group of ~30 women will be selected for the FUTURE program and will be notified via email during the first week of September.

Accommodations and travel

All travel and accommodations are provided for FUTURE.

Organizing committee

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions about the program. 

Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 7.43.42 AM.png Dave Hsieh

FUTURE Program Co-Chair
Professor of Physics

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FUTURE Program Co-Chair
WiPMA President
Physics Graduate Student

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Sofie Leon
PMA Graduate
Program Director

Mika Walton.jpg Mika Walton
Math and Physics
Graduate Administrator

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Hanna Song
Senior Director
for Diversity

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The 2018 FUTURE program was made possible by the support of the Heising-Simons Foundation and the PMA Division.