APS/PHYS Professional Development is a resource for undergrads in fields related to physics and astronomy at CU Boulder. This website includes resources and information designed to help undergraduates in APS/Physics develop successful longterm careers. This website is designed to offer resources and advice that will help you succeed in your career after graduating CU Boulder. Navigate with the following main sections:

Events for Academic Year 2023-2024

9 October, Grad school: recordingslides

30 October, Getting involved in Physics research: recording

13 November, Careers in Heliophysics: recordingslides

5 December, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium recordingslides

7 February, Careers in Telescopes, Optics and Observatories: recording, slides

28 February: Careers in Education and Outreach slides, recording

13 March: Careers in Industry, Aerospace slides, recording

3 April: Careers in Startups slides, recording

17 April: Applying for Jobs slides, recording 

Note: All recordings can also be found here


Upcoming Events:

See you in Fall 2024!

Previous Events/Resources

Recordings and presentations of past events. Check out this page if you want to see the presentation from an event you missed!

Undergraduate Opportunities

Opportunities to build your career while you are pursuing your undergraduate degree at CU, including research, teaching, and campus programs.

Applying to Grad School

Resources for choosing graduate programs, writing entrance essays, taking standardized tests, conducting interviews and visits, and finding funding through fellowships/scholarships.


Advice and resources for using your APS/Physics degree to find a career.


APS/PHYS Professional Development (previously "Beyond Boulder") was started in Fall 2008 by Makenzie Lystrup with support from a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She ran the program through Spring 2011. Emily Levesque led the program from 2011-2014, and Mikki Osterloo of CU/LASP from 2014-2016, and Nick Schneider of APS from 2016-2023.