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FUTURE is centered on the experiences of gender minorities in physics, who will go on to become part of a diverse generation of scientific leaders.

This program is designed to support students who identify as gender minorities in physics (women, transgender women, nonbinary, genderqueer, and/or gender non-conforming individuals) but we accept applications from any students who would benefit from our program.


Applications for FUTURE 2024 will open June 5th 2024 and close July 16th 2024. Additional details are provided on this page.

We welcome applications from rising junior or senior undergraduates (and/or former undergraduates 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 5-6, 2024, centered on the experiences of gender minorities in physics. This year we are asking students to submit their applications directly.

FUTURE 2024 will be held on the Caltech campus on Thursday and Friday, September 5-6, 2024. The FUTURE 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 gender minorities, the application process and more.

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 2024 and have a demonstrated interest in physics research. This program is designed to support students who identify as gender minorities in physics (women, transgender women, nonbinary, genderqueer, and/or gender-nonconforming individuals).

There is no fee for participating in FUTURE 2024. All costs, including domestic travel, will be paid by the program. Applications and an accompanying recommendation form must be submitted by July 16, 2024. Note that unlike previous years of FUTURE, students are now asked to directly submit an application accompanied by a recommendation form (preferably from a faculty member).


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 2024 will be our seventh cohort, and our sixth event hosted on campus. Caltech hosted 33 undergraduate students on campus during FUTURE 2023. Additional FUTURE events include participation of 33 undergraduate students during FUTURE 2018, 41 undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students for FUTURE 2019,  30 students for FUTURE 2021, and 34 students for FUTURE 2022. In 2020 FUTURE was a virtual event with over 95 participants.



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

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

The program is Thursday and Friday, September 5-6, 2024. Most participants will travel to Pasadena on Wednesday, September 4 and leave on Friday evening, September 6 following the final session or Saturday, September 7.


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 past 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 FUTURE@caltech.edu with any questions about the program.

David Hsieh
David HsiehFUTURE Program Co-Chair; Donald A. Glaser Prof of Physics
Sara Vanovac
Sara VanovacFUTURE Program Co-Chair; Physics Graduate Student
Nam Ung
Nam UngDirector of Student Programming
Mika Walton
Mika WaltonGraduate Affairs Coordinator/Options Manager
Denise Lu
Denise LuPMA Project Coordinator
Belen Maria Hernandez
Belen Maria HernandezUndergraduate Affairs & Course Coordinator/ Options Manager