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Junior Scientists

The APS DPP Committee for the Concerns of Junior Scientists (COJS) aims to help those who are at an early stage in their scientific careers (e.g., undergrads, grad students, and postdocs) find their place in the field of plasma physics, and/or beyond.

Town Hall Meeting
Our main event is a forum for attendees to interface with those who are more established in their careers. This may, for example, take the form of a Q&A panel or a rotating round table discussion. It is traditionally held during the Tuesday lunch break of the division's annual meeting.

Topics in the past have included choosing in which sector to seek employment, how to make oneself an attractive applicant, achieving healthy work-life balance, and managing career transitions, just to name a few examples. Panelists/speakers are different every year.

Recommendations for themes and nominations for panelists are always welcome!

Student Day
This event, to be held for the first time in 2019, will be a relatively informal "student session" on the day before the annual meeting (Sunday 20 October 2019 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). The format will be an alternating sequence of tutorial talks and research talks --- for students, by students (and postdocs).

The goal is to offer graduate students an easier introduction to the annual meeting (which is often overwhelming the first time(s) one attends), a chance to learn the basics about sub-fields not found at their institutions, practice giving talks to a broader plasma physics audience, and an opportunity to connect with other student attendees.

Details (e.g., when and how to sign up, how to nominate someone for a talk, etc.) will be published on the web page of the annual meeting.

Resources for Junior Scientists
The slide presentation "Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Students in Plasma Physics" (from a DPP meeting session by the same name in 2017 and 2018) is a treasure trove of information about many of the funding opportunities available for graduate students in plasma physics --- from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, Fulbright program, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships, Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration, . . .

In addition to graduate student funding programs, the National Science Foundation has a variety of programs for those in various early stages of their careers:

Plasma physics at the NSF can be found both in the Mathematical & Physical Sciences and the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences divisions.

The Office of Fusion Energy Science (FES) --- part of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science --- offers a map of fusion energy research locations in the United States. Furthermore, FES Associate Director James W. Van Dam provided a slide presentation on "Opportunities for Junior Scientists" to COJS in 2012.

In addition to and in conjunction with the Job Fair that is held at the annual DPP meeting, APS offers career resources online, including their Physics Job Center and statistics about careers in physics.

The APS Industry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) program is intended to connect graduate students and postdocs with physicists who have experience working in industry.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) Science Education Department offers programs for grads and undergrads, as well as students and educators from K-8 through high school.

Committee members
Elizabeth Merritt (Chair), Los Alamos National Laboratory, emerritt@lanl.gov
Magnus Haw (Chair Elect), NASA Ames, magnus.haw@nasa.gov
Eve Stenson (Past Chair), Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, evs@ipp.mpg.de

Members of COJS each serve for six years in total (two years in each position); a new Chair Elect is appointed by the DPP Chair every two years. The current committee began its term in November 2018.