APSSC Board Elections

Thank you for your interest in running for the 2020-­2021 APS Student Caucus Executive Board! The following information will help you to prepare and submit your nomination.


You must be a current Student Affiliate, with at least one year of APS Membership.

You must be a current graduate student (with the exception of the Undergraduate Advocate position, undergraduates or graduates may apply).

You must be able to attend the  2020 and 2021 APS Annual  Conventions (Chicago, IL and Washington, DC respectively), and the 2020 APSSC Fall Meeting in Washington, DC.  Incoming APSSC Board Members will receive free registration to the 2020 Convention, and APS travel assistance and hotel accommodations for the 2020 Fall Meeting and 2021 Convention.


To apply, please submit:

1.   A cover letter (no more than 400 words) that includes:

•    Your name, contact information (e-­mail and phone number), and university affiliation

•    Number of years in your program and research area/interests

•    APSSC Board position for which you are most interested, and why you are interested in the particular position

•    Your familiarity with the responsibilities for the position

•    Your understanding of the APS/APSSC mission

•    Confirmation that, if elected, you will attend the 2020 and 2021 APS Conventions, and the 2020 Fall Meeting

2.   Curriculum Vita

3.   A  formal statement of candidacy (no more than 250 words) 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 the MVO at the convention.

Graduate Advocate (GA): Serves as the graduate students’ advocate; is responsible for the Student Grant Competition, including advertising, organizing the review process, and the final selection of winners. The Graduate Advocate also serves as Chair of the second Naked Truth Panel on surviving graduate school at the 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 Coordinator: Responsible for advising the APSSC on issues and projects relating to international and underrepresented groups, organizing the RISE Research Award competition including advertising, organizing the review process, and selecting the final winners and participants in the symposium. The RISE Coordinator serves as Chair of the RISE Research Award Symposium at the convention.

Student Research Coordinator (SRC): Serves as the coordinator for both the Student Research Award process as well as acting as the chair for the Student Research Award Symposia at Convention. The SRC’s responsibilities tend to be heaviest during the months surrounding the Student Research Award competition (mid-January to mid-March).

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 the APSSC before they are forwarded to APS for any further consideration. The Editor is responsible for soliciting, writing articles, and announcements for the Student Notebook in the APS Observer with the appropriate and necessary materials by given deadlines.

Undergraduate Advocate (UA):  This office 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 coordinates the Mentorship Program, serves as Chair for the first Naked Truth Panel on getting into graduate school at the APS Convention.