The American Physiological Society (APS) is a professional scientific membership organization devoted to fostering scientific research, education, and the dissemination of scientific information. The APS supports a variety of educational activities including programs and fellowships to encourage the development of young scientists at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a particular focus on women and underrepresented persons. APS also supports refresher courses and teaching awards promoting continued excellence in education at the professional level. Founded in 1887, the Society's membership includes more than 10,500 professionals in science and medicine. The Society annually publishes 4,000 research articles in 14 scientific journals.