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Call For Papers

Abstracts are no longer being accepted!

Contributed papers on all physics and astronomy teaching topics, physics outreach and undergraduate research are encouraged. There will be both contributed posters and talks. Talks are eight minutes in length plus two minutes for questions. The poster session is one hour. Abstracts for workshop sessions are also being accepted at this time.

Abstract Deadline for Workshops: March 14th at 5pm EST
Abstract Deadline for Talks and Posters: March 28th at 5pm EST

Please send abstracts and workshop proposals to the Conference Committee at

Rules and Preparation Guidelines

  • Who may submit an abstract: The privilege of contributing papers is restricted to:
    • NCS-AAPT and other AAPT members in good standing;
    • Nonmembers whose completed membership applications and payments for the first year's dues are submitted before the abstract deadline;
    • Nonmembers whose abstracts are sponsored by members. These abstracts must include a footnote with the statement: "Sponsored by (member's name)."
  • Deadline: March 14th for Workshops, March 28th for Talks and Posters
  • Format of Abstract Submission: Title, Presenter(s), Affiliation, Address, and e-mail address. Also designate whether you are a high school student, an undergraduate student, or a graduate student for the purpose of being considered for the various awards.
  • Abstract and Title Length: Abstracts must be fewer than 150 words. The program chair reserves the right to edit abstracts, if necessary, for clarity, grammar, syntax, etc. Abstracts above the 150-word limit will be returned. Titles of abstracts are limited to 12 words.
  • Contributed Oral Papers: Contributed oral papers are eight minutes plus two minutes for questions. The number of oral paper presentations will be quite limited.  Some potential speakers may be asked to present a poster instead.
  • Poster session: Authors presenting in poster format are asked to limit their presentation size to no greater than a 4'x4' display space. Presenters are expected to be present in that area at the designated times. All posters must be set up in the time allotted before the session. Audiovisual equipment for posters will not be provided. Each presenter will have access to one standard electrical outlet, but this needs to be requested at the time the abstract is submitted.
  • Policy: In accordance with the AAPT Constitution and policy, authors are requested to be sensitive to, and show respect for, ethnic, cultural, religious, and sexual diversity. For example, you should not use language that suggests that physicists are exclusively male. Additionally, AAPT's official measurement system is the International System of Units (SI).