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FUTURE of Physics 2019

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

During October 14-15, 2019, we hosted our second class of FUTURE participants. We welcomed 41 undergraduate women to campus for an incredible two days of networking and learning. FUTURE is a two day, all-expenses paid event, where participants have an opportunity to engage in intimate big 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.

Materials and Resources

Nominations and eligibility

We will accept nominations for FUTURE 2020 during the summer of 2020. Additional details and a link to the nomination form will be available here.

We welcome you to nominate outstanding rising junior and senior undergraduate women who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Physics & Astronomy. 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 2020 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. 

All travel and accommodations are provided for FUTURE.

FUTURE Organizing Committee

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

David Hsieh, FUTURE Program Co-Chair, Professor of Physics

Mia de los Reyes, FUTURE Program Co-Chair, Astronomy graduate student

Marcia Brown, IQIM Program Administrator

Mika Walton, PMA Graduate Program Coordinator

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Learn more about our peopleresearch, and graduate program. 


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