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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 a fluid definition of “woman” that is inclusive of trans and genderqueer women, femmes, and gender non-confirming/non-binary students


Nominations for FUTURE 2022 will open June 22nd 2022 and close August 1st 2022. Additional details are provided on this page. Follow this link to the 2022 nomination form

FUTURE 2022 will be held on the Caltech campus on Monday and Tuesday, September 12-13, 2022. This year’s conference will provide an in-depth look into life as a Physics graduate student through a series of presentations, discussion panels, mini-workshops and informal socials with Caltech faculty and students. Topics will include choosing a research direction, building community, challenges facing women*, the application process and more. There will also be an opportunity for questions and
additional discussion in each session.

We welcome you to nominate your most promising rising Junior or Senior Undergraduate Women* (and/or Women* who are interested in pursuing a physics PhD in the next 1-2 years) to participate in FUTURE, a two-day, all-expenses paid, event at Caltech from September 12 – 13, 2022. 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 2022 and have a demonstrated interest in physics research. We prefer nominations from faculty but will also fully consider non-faculty and self-nominations. This program is designed to support students who identify as Women* but we encourage nominations of any students that would benefit from our program emphasizing women in physics and STEM. We are committed to building an inclusive cohort that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of students’ intersectional identities and experiences, and strongly encourage nominations of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students, students with minoritized identities of gender, and those historically excluded in physics.

There is no fee for participating in FUTURE 2022. All costs, including domestic travel, will be paid by the program.

Nominations must be submitted by August 1, 2022.

* We use a fluid definition of “woman” that is inclusive of trans and genderqueer women, femmes, and gender non-confirming/non-binary students.

2021 Cohort


FUTURE, held on campus, is a two day, all-expenses-paid event supported by Caltech, the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, and the Heising-Simons Foundation. 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. FUTURE 2022 will be our fifth cohort, and our fourth event hosted on campus. Caltech hosted 30 undergraduate students on campus during FUTURE 2021. Additional FUTURE events include participation of 33 undergraduate students during FUTURE 2018 and 41 undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students for FUTURE 2019. In 2020 FUTURE was a virtual event with over 95 participants.



We prefer nominations from a faculty member, but will fully consider nominations from a mentor, advisor, postdoctoral scholar who has worked with the nominee.

Yes. We prefer nominations from a faculty member but will fully consider self-nominations.

Yes. We encourage nominations of Women* who are interested in pursuing a Physics PhD in the next 1-2 years. This includes rising Junior or Senior Undergraduate Women* and post-baccalaureate students.

The program is Monday and Tuesday, September 12-13, 2022. Most participants will travel to Pasadena on Sunday, September 11 and leave on Tuesday, September 13 after the final session.

Yes. Participants from our 2020 virtual program are eligible to attend this year. A 2022 nomination should be submitted.


Several of the most popular workshops during FUTURE are those related to preparing applications for graduate school and fellowships. Go to the Resources page for materials used during these workshops, along with additional information.


Fun Facts About FUTURE

of Participants are Attending Grad School
of Participants Completed Independent Research Projects
of Participants Felt Prepared to Apply to Grad Schools
of Alums Applied and were Accepted to at Least One Grad Program

FUTURE Organizing Committee

Please feel free to contact us at FUTUR1675396431E@cal1675396431tech.1675396431edu1675396431 with any questions about the program.

David Hsieh
David HsiehFUTURE Program Co-Chair; Prof. of Physics
Shreya Anand
Shreya AnandFUTURE Program Co-Chair; Physics Grad Student
Freddy Mora
Freddy MoraUndergraduate Affairs and Course Coordinator for PMA