Student Caucus Elections

The nomination deadline for all APSSC Board positions is midnight (PST) Monday, January 25, 2011.

Please do not hesitate to contact the APSSC President or any of the current Board Members with any questions.

Requirements for all candidates:

  • Must be current APS Graduate Student Affiliates, with the exception of candidates for Undergraduate Advocate, who may be Undergraduate Student Affiliates
  • Must be able to attend the upcoming 2011 APS Annual Convention in Washington, DC (travel and convention fees paid for by the candidate), the APSSC Fall Meeting (travel paid by APS), and the 2012 Convention (travel and convention fees paid by APS).


To nominate yourself, please send the following materials via e-mail to (

  • A cover letter (no more than 400 words, MS Word/ PDF) that includes
    • Name and contact Information, incl. university affiliation (e-mail and phone number)
    • Year in program or school and research area and interests,
    • APSSC Position for which you are most interested, and why you are interested in the particular position.
    • Your familiarity with the responsibilities for that position,
    • Your understanding of the APS/APSSC mission
    • Confirmation that, if elected, you will attend the APS Convention (in May 2011) and the Fall Meeting (in September 2011).
  • Curriculum Vita (MS Word or PDF)
  • A formal statement of candidacy (no more than 250 words, MS Word/ PDF) describing your academic background and qualifications for the position (e.g. relevant experience, abilities, skills, etc.). This statement will be posted during the election and seen by the voters. Do not include any mention of what you would specifically do in the position.


Positions available for Nomination:
Communications and Marketing Officer (CMO):
Serves as the exclusive liaison between the APSSC and the APS Webmaster. The CMO is responsible for developing, soliciting, and updating website content, developing and publishing the APSSC monthly e-mail newsletter, designing and disseminating marketing materials for the APSSC, and taking minutes for the Executive Board meetings. The CMO also co-coordinates the volunteer program with MVO at the convention.

Graduate Advocate:
Serves as a graduate student's advocate; is responsible for the Student Research Award and Student Grant Competition, including advertising, organizing the review process, and the final selection of winners. The Graduate Advocate also serves as Chair of one student panel and the APS Annual Convention.

Membership and Volunteers Officer (MVO):
Helps facilitate student affiliates' travel and boarding to APS Convention, as well as design membership recruiting programs and materials for APSSC Campus Representatives program. The MVO serves as Liaison between the Meetings Manager and the APS staff on site to co-coordinate volunteers (with CMO) at the convention.

RiSE-UP Coordinator:
Responsible for advising the APSSC on issues and projects relating to international and underrepresented groups, organizing the RiSE-UP Research Award competition including advertising, organizing the review process, selecting the final winners and participants in the symposium, and coordinating and chairing the RiSE-UP Research Award Symposium at the Annual Convention.

Student Notebook Editor:
Serves as the exclusive liaison between APSSC and the APS Observer. The Editor must review and endorse any submissions claiming to represent APSSC before they are forwarded to APS for any further consideration. The Editor is responsible for soliciting and writing articles and announcements for the Student Notebook in the APS Observer and for providing the Observer with the appropriate and necessary materials by given deadlines. The Editor will also serve at the associate Editor for the Undergraduate Update, and assist the Undergraduate Advocate in soliciting, reviewing, and publishing articles therein.

Undergraduate Advocate:
This officer is appointed by the President-Elect and confirmed by a majority vote of the APSSC Executive Board. The Undergraduate Advocate serves as a liaison to the Executive Board, and provides the Board and APS with feedback that represents the needs and concerns of the undergraduate student population. The Undergraduate Advocate also serves as Editor of the Undergraduate Update with support from the Student Notebook Editor and RiSE-UP chair.