AIP Volunteer Committees (Non-governance)

Society Liaison Committees

Liaison Committees facilitate exchange of information and foster Member Society (MS) cooperation and possible collaboration in specific program areas. The committee members carry out their work by sharing news and information, engaging in learning opportunities, listening to input from external experts (as needed), and reporting back to their respective societies. Committees consist of 10-14 members. Each MS appoints at least one member; guests are often welcome. Members serve three-year terms (suggested), terms are renewable, which expire on December 31.

Liaison Committee on Education

  • Representatives from MS exchange information about their societies' education, training, student, and outreach efforts and share best practices to inform future activities. Brad Conrad ([email protected]) is staff convener.   

Liaison Committee on Underrepresented Minorities

  • Representatives from MS discuss efforts to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences and in society activities. Representatives from NSBP and NSHP representatives also serve on this committee. Jovonni Spinner ([email protected]) is staff convener.

Liaison Committee on History

  • Representatives from MS explore the historical and archival projects of the Member Societies of AIP — including historical sessions at the MS meetings, oral history projects, commemorations of anniversaries, and archiving of MS records. Each society takes a slightly different approach and can help inform each of us of their current and future activities.  

Liaison Committee on Public Policy

  • Representatives from MS share information and foster cooperation and possible collaboration dealing with their physical science public policy programs.  


Resource and Advisory Groups

Resource and Advisory Groups are formed to serve as a resource to AIP management, to provide insight and advice on various mission-related program areas. Members are external stakeholders who may or may not be connected with the Member Societies.

History Programs Task Force on Professional Standards and Operations

This committee ensures that the programs of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives and the Center for History of Physics remain at the leading edge of professional standards in the history and library/archives communities. 

  • Activities include:
    • Helping to establish benchmarks for History program projects 
    • Advising on new projects that add value to our research community
    • Promoting cooperation and information sharing among archives, libraries, and historians internationally
  • History Programs Task Force shall:
    • Have 3-year terms that expire on December 31
    • Consist of 6 – 8 members. Task force members are archivists, librarians, and historians drawn from outside organizations
    • Meet annually in the fall to review and provide advice to the management. A phone call is normally held in the spring. Task force members are consulted for their expertise as needed throughout the year
    • May be renewed or extended as needed by History Programs staff

Statistical Research Center Resource Group

This committee provides review, advice and recommendations concerning how the Statistical Research Center (SRC) carries out the mission of AIP through research studies and related programs. Susan White ([email protected]) is staff convener.

  • Activities include:
    • Assessing whether SRC’s activities meet professional standards for survey research and statistical analysis by examining work done during the prior year and offering input on current and future projects
    • Helping SRC to identify emerging trends in the community, thus staying ahead of the future data needs of our constituents and audiences.
  • SRC Resource Group shall:
    • Consist of 6-8 members selected by the SRC Director to fill specific roles in consultation with the Senior Director for Education and Research and the Deputy Executive Officer
    • Have 3-year terms that expire on March 1
    • Report to management

Education Advisory Resource Group (EARG)

This committee is charged with providing guidance, advice, and recommendations concerning the programs and initiatives carried out by the AIP Education Division, including but not limited to the Society of Physics Students (SPS)/Sigma Pi Sigma, GradSchoolShopper, and the Career Network. A primary mission of this committee is to review selected products and programs to enhance the educational opportunities offered to the broader physics and astronomy community. Brad Conrad ([email protected]) is staff convener. 

  • Activities include:
    • Analyzing and review educational offerings and practices
    • Identifying new educational opportunities, emerging trends, and needs within the community
    • Promoting cooperation within the larger physics and astronomy community
    • Having an emphasis on physics & astronomy undergraduates, working through SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma
    • Striving to support all physics and astronomy students, faculty, departments, advisers, and mentors
  • The EARG shall:
    • Meet at least once per academic year
    • Have staggered, 3-year terms that expire on June 30 of the year indicated
    • Consist of 7 - 9 members
    • Be facilitated by the Director of the Society of Physics Students and the AIP Education Division
    • Broadly represent the physical science community, including all practicing physicists and astronomers
    • Report their finding and recommendations to management annually


Prize, Award, and Fellowship Committees

Congressional Science Fellowship Selection Committee

This committee administers the recruitment and selection of the AIP Congressional Fellows, and advises management. The award currently sponsors two scientists annually to spend a year providing analytical expertise and scientific advice to Congress. 

  • The committee consists of 6 elected members, an ex officio member with a vote, and a recent AIP fellow
  • Members are asked to serve 3 one-year terms, ending in the Spring of the third year

State Department Fellowship Selection Committee

This committee administers the recruitment and selection of AIP State Department Fellows, and advises management. The award enables a scientist or engineer to work at the Department’s Washington, DC headquarters for a one-year term.  

  • The committee consists of 3 members recommended by AIP, and 3 State Department representatives
  • Members are asked to serve 3 one-year terms, ending in the Spring of the third year

Andrew Gemant Award Committee

This committee recommends a candidate for the Gemant Award to the AIP Board of Directors and advises AIP management. The Andrew Gemant Award recognizes the accomplishments of a person who has made significant contributions to the cultural, artistic, or humanistic dimension of physics and is given annually. Brad Conrad ([email protected]) is staff convener.

  • The committee consists of 3-5 elected members
  • Three-year terms expire in May

Karl Taylor Compton & John Torrence Tate Medal Committee

This committee recommends a candidate for the Compton and Tate Medals to the AIP Board of Directors and advises AIP management.  The Compton Medal recognizes distinguished physicists for outstanding statesmanship in science. Intended primarily for U.S. physicists, the award is given biennially (in even-numbered years), or when it appears appropriate. The Tate Medal recognizes non-US citizens for international leadership in physics, with an emphasis on leadership, statesmanship, and service to the physics community, as opposed to research achievement. It is awarded biennially (in odd-numbered years), or when a suitable candidate has been identified. Liz Dart Caron ([email protected]) is convener.

  • The committee nominally consists of 6 volunteer members, including the Chair and Vice Chair.
  • Three-year teams expire on December 31.

William F. and Edith R. Meggers Project Award Committee

This committee recommends candidates for the biennial Meggers Projects Award and advises AIP leadership. The Meggers project award is designed to fund projects for the improvement of high school physics teaching in the United States. Brad Conrad ([email protected]) is staff convener.

  • The committee consists of 4-6 elected members
  • Four-year terms expire on December 31