FUTURE 2022

September 12 & 13, 2022

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.

Thank You

We are extremely grateful to the Heising-Simons Foundation for supporting this event, and for their leadership in promoting gender equality in physics and astronomy more broadly.

Fiona Harrison

Fiona Harrison, PMA Division Chair

Cyndi Atherton

Cyndi Atherton, Director of Science Program

Dr. Emily Schaller

Emily Schaller, Program Officer, Science at the Heising-Simons Foundation

Welcome

From the Co-Chairs

Dear FUTURE Participants,

We are thrilled to welcome you to Caltech for the FUTURE workshop. We know that the decision to pursue graduate studies in physics is a difficult one to make and that there are many questions that need to be considered: What research topics are most exciting to me? What is life like as a graduate student? How do I get into graduate school? Over the next 2 days, we will help you navigate these questions through a series of presentations and interactive sessions. We urge you to take full advantage of the program and to feel comfortable asking questions, sharing experiences, and establishing new connections.

We also recognize that you are part of a new generation that has the power to shape diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences. We believe that these social justice issues are critically important to the long-term health and success of this human endeavor.

We are excited to be part of your journey in science and we hope that this workshop can serve as a stepping stone in your career. You are an incredible group of people, and we hope you enjoy meeting each other over the next few days. We are certainly excited to meet you all.

Dave Hsieh & Simona Miller
FUTURE Co-chairs

2022 Agenda

Sunday, September 11

Monday, September 12

Tuesday, September 13

2022 Attendees

Below you will find the names, contact info, and undergraduate institutions of the 2022 FUTURE cohort.

Name Undergrad Institution Email Year
Amaris McCarver Texas Tech University ammcc1670344324arv@t1670344324tu.ed1670344324u1670344324 Junior
Ashley Rincon University of California, Berkeley ashle1670344324y.rin1670344324con@b1670344324erkel1670344324ey.ed1670344324u1670344324 Senior
Brittany Karki CSU East Bay bkark1670344324i3@ho1670344324rizon1670344324.csue1670344324astba1670344324y.edu1670344324 Senior
Cailin Plunkett Amherst College cplun1670344324kett216703443243@amh1670344324erst.1670344324edu1670344324 Senior
Cathy Ji MIT crji@1670344324mit.e1670344324du1670344324 Senior
Daniela Yano Barnard College dy24016703443243@bar1670344324nard.1670344324edu1670344324 Senior
Esther Miller North Park University ermil1670344324ler@n1670344324orthp1670344324ark.e1670344324du1670344324 Senior
Faith Bergin Purdue University marsi1670344324sred41670344324@gmai1670344324l.com1670344324 Senior
Faith Poutoa San Diego State University fpout1670344324oa@sd1670344324su.ed1670344324u1670344324 Junior
Isabella Catanzaro University of California, Santa Barbara ijcat1670344324anzar1670344324o@ucs1670344324b.edu1670344324 Senior
Jandrie Rodriguez California State University Long Beach jandr1670344324ie902167034432410@gm1670344324ail.c1670344324om1670344324 Junior
Jordan Stevens Missouri University of Science and Technology jbscv1670344324p@mst1670344324.edu1670344324 Senior
Kalista Wayt Kenyon College wayt11670344324@keny1670344324on.ed1670344324u1670344324 Senior
Katherine Wienke University of Kansas kwien1670344324ke20016703443242@ku.1670344324edu1670344324 Junior
Katie Toman Sonoma State University toman1670344324k@son1670344324oma.e1670344324du1670344324 Senior
Ky Putnam San Diego State University kputn1670344324am79516703443242@sds1670344324u.edu1670344324 Senior
Leticia Reyna Illinois Institute of Technology lreyn1670344324a@haw1670344324k.iit1670344324.edu1670344324 Senior
Lianys Feliciano City University of New York liany1670344324sfeli1670344324ciano167034432411@gm1670344324ail.c1670344324om1670344324 Junior
Lucie Afko Johns Hopkins University lafko16703443241@jhu1670344324.edu1670344324 Senior
Manisha Parthasarathy Rutgers University mp17016703443240@sca1670344324rletm1670344324ail.r1670344324utger1670344324s.edu1670344324 Junior
Melissa Arias New Mexico State University mel291670344324@nmsu1670344324.edu1670344324 Senior
Melize Ferrus Concordia University cferr1670344324us@fl1670344324atiro1670344324ninst1670344324itute1670344324.org1670344324 Post Bac
Natalya Pletskova Drexel University np6991670344324@drex1670344324el.ed1670344324u1670344324 Senior
Nessa Walker Louisiana State University rwalk167034432462@ls1670344324u.edu1670344324 Senior
Pavani Jairam Duke University pavan1670344324i.jai1670344324ram@d1670344324uke.e1670344324du1670344324 Senior
Rachel Langgin Bryn Mawr rlang1670344324gin@b1670344324rynma1670344324wr.ed1670344324u1670344324 Senior
Rav Kaur University of California, Berkeley ravka1670344324ur@be1670344324rkele1670344324y.edu1670344324 Junior
Rose Silsbee California State University, Chico tmsil1670344324sbee@1670344324mail.1670344324csuch1670344324ico.e1670344324du1670344324 Senior
Shuhan Zhang Columbia University sz28816703443243@col1670344324umbia1670344324.edu1670344324 Senior
Sneha Vireshwar Dixit Washington College sdixi1670344324t2@wa1670344324shcol1670344324l.edu1670344324 Senior
Sofi Marrtinez Fortis University of Pittsburgh SGM361670344324@pitt1670344324.edu1670344324 Senior
Tehreem Hai Occidental College hait@1670344324oxy.e1670344324du1670344324 Senior
Thea McKenna Cornell tem761670344324@corn1670344324ell.e1670344324du1670344324 Senior
Zoe Ko University of California, Berkeley zko@b1670344324erkel1670344324ey.ed1670344324u1670344324 Senior

PANELISTS AND SPEAKERS

JASON ALICEA
JASON ALICEADinner with GWiPMA & faculty
William K. Davis Professor of Theoretical Physics
AMANDA BEDNARICK
AMANDA BEDNARICKPanel 2: Support Structures in Graduate School
G3, Geological and Planetary Science
MARIO BERTA
MARIO BERTAPanel 3: Working in Industry vs. Academia
Senior Research Scientist, AWS; UK Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
RADHIKA BHATT
RADHIKA BHATTPanel 1: Life as a Graduate Student
G3 in Physics
MARCIA BROWN
MARCIA BROWNDebrief and Closing
Program Administrator of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM)
XIE CHEN
XIE CHENDiscussion: Navigating the Climate in Graduate School; Faculty Quickfire Challenge
Professor of Theoretical Physics
JESSIE CHRISTIANSEN
JESSIE CHRISTIANSENDinner with GWiPMA & faculty
Staff Scientist
CHANTAL MORGAN D'APUZZO
CHANTAL MORGAN D'APUZZOPanel 3: Working in Industry vs. Academia
Associate General Council, Caltech
IVEY DAVIS
IVEY DAVISPanel 2: Support Structures in Graduate School
G3 in Astrophysics
ANA DUARTE
ANA DUARTEStudent Postdoc Science Talk & Panel 2: Support Structures in Graduate School
G4 in Physics
YAZMIN GONZALEZ
YAZMIN GONZALEZDiscussion: Navigating the Climate in Graduate School
Assistant Director, Caltech Center for Inclusion and Diversity
ADAM GUERIN
ADAM GUERINPanel 1: Life as a Graduate Student
G2 in Physics
SERGEI GUKOV
SERGEI GUKOVPanel 4: Grad Applications and Thoughts for Juniors
Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
FIONA HARRISON
FIONA HARRISONWelcome Remarks
PMA Division Chair
PHIL HOPKINS
PHIL HOPKINSDinner with GWiPMA & faculty
Ira S. Bowen Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics
DAVE HSIEH
DAVE HSIEHFUTURE Co-chair
Professor of Physics
NICK HUTZLER
NICK HUTZLERFaculty Quickfire Challege
Assistant Professor of Physics
ARIAN JADBABAIE
ARIAN JADBABAIEPanel 1: Life as a Graduate Student
G7 in Physics
MANSI KASLIWAL
MANSI KASLIWALDiscussion: Navigating the Climate in Graduate School; Faculty Quickfire Challenge
Assistant Professor of Astronomy
CHRISTINA KNAPP
CHRISTINA KNAPPPanel 3: Working in Industry vs. Academia
Senior Researcher, Microsoft Station Q
HANNAH MANETSCH
HANNAH MANETSCHStudent Postdoc Science Talk
G3 in Applied Physics
DIMITRI MAWET
DIMITRI MAWETPanel 4: Grad Applications and Thoughts for Juniors
Professor of Astronomy; JPL Research Scientist
LEE MCCULLER
LEE MCCULLERFaculty Quickfire Challenge
Assistant Professor of Physics
SIMONA MILLER
SIMONA MILLERFUTURE Co-Chair, Student Postdoc Science Talk, Panel 1: Life as a Graduate Student
G2 in Physics and FUTURE Co-Chair
PILAR MONTENEGRO
PILAR MONTENEGRODiscussion: Navigating the Climate in Graduate School
Campus Sexual Violence Advocate
NAOMI NICKERSON
NAOMI NICKERSONPanel 3: Working in Industry vs. Academia
VP of Quantum Architecture, PsiQuantum
CANDACE RYPISI
CANDACE RYPISIPanel 4: Grad Applications and Thoughts for Juniors
Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Student-Faculty Programs
CATHERINE RYCZEK
CATHERINE RYCZEKPanel 4: Grad Applications and Thoughts for Juniors
G3 in Applied Physics
EMILY SCHALLER
EMILY SCHALLERWelcome & Debrief/Closing
Heising-Simons Foundation
DAVID SIMMONS-DUFFIN
DAVID SIMMONS-DUFFINFaculty Quickfire Challenge
Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics
NADINE SOLIMAN
NADINE SOLIMANStudent Postdoc Science Talk
G3 in Astrophysics
MARIA SPIROPULU
MARIA SPIROPULUDinner with GWiPMA & faculty
Shang-Yi Ch’en Professor of Physics
FEDERICA SURACE
FEDERICA SURACEStudent Postdoc Science Talk
AWS Quantum Postdoctoral Scholar
NAM UNG
NAM UNGDebrief and Closing
PMA Director of Student Programs
MIKA WALTON
MIKA WALTONDebrief and Closing
CHRISTINA WANG
CHRISTINA WANGStudent Postdoc Science Talk
G5 in Physics
NITIKA YADLAPALLI
NITIKA YADLAPALLIStudent Postdoc Science Talk
G5 in Astrophysics
LINDA YE
LINDA YEFaculty Quickfire Challenge
Visiting Associate in Physics
NAI-CHANG YEH
NAI-CHANG YEHDinner with GWiPMA & faculty
Thomas W. Hogan Professor of Physics
XUEYUE (SHERRY) ZHANG
XUEYUE (SHERRY) ZHANGStudent Postdoc Science Talk
G6 in Applied Physics