Program Details

University of California Los Angeles (Dept. Physics and Astronomy)

How many tenure-track or tenured faculty -- male/female?

Total = 64 faculty = 56 5/6 FTE
Women = 5 faculy = 4 1/6 FTE

How many graduate students-- male/female?

Total = 170 = 145 physics and 25 astronomy
Male = 146
Female = 24

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

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Is there a family leave policy for graduate students? If so, describe.

There is no family leave policy for graduate students. However, there is a "leave of absence" policy. Graduate students can take a leave of absence for up to 6 consecutive quarters without having to be readmitted to the Graduate Program. Leave of absences are granted 3 quarters at a time, an extension for an additional 3 quarters may be requested.

Is there family health insurance for graduate students? If so, is it included in the stipend?

Yes, there is family health insurance available for graduate students. The family health insurance plan is not included in the stipend or in TA/GSR Fee Benefits. If a graduate student would like to purchase additional health insurance coverage for his/her family members, they can do so out of pocket. If employed by the Department (TA and/or GSR), only the student's mandatory health insurance plan is covered.

Please describe why someone applying to graduate school who is interested in a female-friendly department should choose your department.

UCLA is a large university with a very diverse undergraduate and graduate student population about one half of which are women. The Campus has a large number of student organizations in which women are very active participants.
Although certainly not optimal, the Department of Physics and Astronomy does have a reasonable number of women faculty who are very active in mentoring graduate student research and are very conscious of their role as mentors of women scientists. Overall, the faculty is quite young, and therefore fully aware and proactive in encouraging women to aspire to the highest creative levels of the profession. Thus, not surprisingly, some of our most successful female graduate students have been mentored by male members of the faculty. With relatively small classes, graduate students readily become acquainted, form study groups, and quickly establish strong bonds that persist throughout their graduate careers and beyond. The Department has strong graduate student organizations in physics and astronomy that foster both academic and social programs. Graduate students serve on many of the Department's committees. Thus, the environment for all graduate students, but especially for female students, is warm, friendly, and strongly supportive.

Has the institution had a Climate for Women in Physics Site Visit or Gender Equity Conversation?

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Updated: April 14, 2009

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