Policy & Advocacy

APS Government Affairs (GA) was established to facilitate communication between physicists, the public, and government on scientific issues of concern to APS members and to the nation as a whole.

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APS serves the needs of its membership and the general public by providing information on how to take action and contact lawmakers on issues that affect both the physics community and the nation as a whole.

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Visas and Immigration

International students pursuing advanced STEM degrees in the US can be denied student visas if they intend to work in the US after they graduate.

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Broadening Participation Through Partnerships

Building a diverse STEM workforce is key to the success of the American scientific enterprise

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Addressing the Helium Crisis

Congress should address this crisis by allowing researchers to maintain access to the Federal Helium Reserve and creating an extensive helium recycling program.

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Reports & Studies

POPA Reports
The APS Panel on Public Affairs initiates in-depth studies on topics ranging from energy and environment to national security issues.

APS Studies
APS has undertaken a number of studies of timely technical issues as part of its role to serve emerging public needs.

APS Statements

APS Statements are public policy statements that undergo a meticulous process of draft and review, including receiving comments from APS members, before being voted on by APS Council at one of its semiannual meetings.

Five Sigma Physicists

APS members lauded for outstanding advocacy.

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Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction

With the support of the American Physical Society, the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction has been launched. Our goal is to reach out to physicists in the United States and mobilize those interested in engaging on the nuclear threat and opportunities for its reduction.

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Science Policy News

Research Security Policies & Their Impacts: Key Results of APS Member Survey
New data from a September 2021 survey by the American Physical Society of more than 3,200 physics professionals and students shows that the US federal government’s current approach to addressing research security concerns is weakening, not strengthening, the US scientific enterprise.

APS Voice Concerns About DOJ’s China Initiative and Suggests Reforms
APS President Sylvester James Gates, Jr. recently sent a letter to Biden Administration leaders expressing the Society’s strong concerns with the Justice Department’s China Initiative—a targeted effort sowing fear among scientists of Asian descent, restricting legitimate international scientific collaboration, and hindering the United States in the race for global talent.

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Op-Eds by APS Member Volunteers

APS works with members to publish op-eds in their local newspapers. View Archive

Signal Boost

Signal Boost is a monthly email from the American Physical Society on the latest science policy news, perspectives, and pathways for action.
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Congressional Science Fellowship

These fellowships provide a public service by making available individuals with scientific knowledge and skills to Members of Congress. The application deadline is on December 15.

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