IMPact Program Overview

The APS Industry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) program is intended to connect graduate students and postdocs with physicists who have experience working in industry. Topics for discussion can include daily activities, project selection, conference attendance, and resume advice. The interactions are designed to be short-term, and we suggest four discussions during 3-4 months. Of course mentors and mentees can continue to stay connected in the future since building a network is an essential aspect of a career in industry.

The Matching Process

Both Mentors and Mentees start by verifying their APS Membership, then completing a brief profile. The software then suggests matches to the mentee based on geography, technical discipline, or other criteria the mentee can choose. Once a request is made:

  1. The mentor receives an email with the request, and can choose to accept or decline the request.
  2. The student will receive an email notification with the mentor's decision.
  3. If accepted, the student should reach out to make first contact. If declined, then the student will need to search the database for another mentor and make another request.
  4. Students can only request 2 mentors at any given time. Therefore, it's very important that mentors respond to requests in a timely fashion. If a request receives no response, the student is free to cancel the request and search for another mentor.
Mentors can accept or decline invitations to connect, and can have 1-2 mentees at a time. Mentees can connect with multiple mentors in sequence to obtain information from different perspectives.

Do I have to be an APS Member to Participate?

Both mentors and mentees must be members of the APS to participate (for information on how to become a Member, please visit our Membership Webpage). Please note that students receive their first year of APS Membership for free.
How To Become an APS Member

Where Can I Find Further Guidance?

This program is intended to complement the many career resources available on the APS Careers Website. There you can find the APS Job Board, our step-by-step Online Professional Guidebook, webinars, profiles of industrial physicists, and the members-only Peter Fiske seminar “Putting Your Science to Work”. There are also resources for career advisors that mentors might find useful. Check it out and access these tools that will improve the mentoring experience.
APS Careers Resources for Students
Tools for Career Advisors

We welcome feedback on how to improve any aspect of this program. Please email IMPact@aps.org with any comments.