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North Carolina State University

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


How many graduate students-- male/female?


How many post doctoral associates - male/female?


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

Yes, the graduate school has a six week parental leave for graduate students for the birth or care of a newborn, or placement or care of an adopted or foster child. The student may also utilize a leave-of-absence (LOA) policy that is often used for family leave reasons. The academic clock stops for a student on LOA until he or she returns to active student status.

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

Yes. Yes.

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

Our department has the highest fraction of tenured or tenure-track female faculty of any major physics department in the nation, and all of them lead active research groups. We pride ourselves in providing a supporting environment regardless of each student's gender, race, or nationality. In our recently-renovated building, incoming graduate students share an office space, computer lab, and lounge designed to foster community and collaboration. Weekly lunchtime discussions of current research topics provide a forum for connecting with faculty in the department. Campus programs such as WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) provide dormitory space and programming for undergraduate science majors, and many undergraduate women participate in physics research alongside graduate students. For married graduate students and their families, the university provides a village of apartments specifically designed for them. This complex is directly adjacent to campus and provides a close-knit community which graduate students with young families find particularly hospitable and convenient.

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


Updated: November 05, 2014

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