Program Details

University of California, Santa Barbara

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, there are several categories of leaves, including pregnancy and/or parenting needs during the first 12 months after the child's birth or placement in the home, and emergencies in the immediate family. UCSB requires continued registration of all graduate students until the student completes all degree requirements. In extraordinary circumstances however, students who have registered for and completed at least one quarter and are in good standing may petition for a leave of absence. Students are only eligible to apply for a leave if they were registered the academic (fall, winter, spring) quarter before the requested leave. Leave is normally granted one quarter at a time, up to a maximum of three quarters during a student's graduate career. Here is a link to additional information:

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

The Student Health Insurance Plan is available for all registered UCSB students and their dependents. There is a dependent benefit year deductible of $400 per covered dependent. The annual deductible applies to all services except those requiring a set-dollar copayment and services requiring no coinsurance or copayment, such as preventive exams and certain immunizations. Home Health Care is an exception and is subject to the deductible. The deductible does not apply to pharmacy services for students or dependents. Here is a link to additional detailed information: The health insurance cost for graduate students themselves is covered in graduate student researcher and teaching assistant positions.

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

The UCSB Physics Department is committed to excellence in research and education. We welcome people of all backgrounds and experiences who are interested in pursuing the study and practice of physics at the highest levels. Especially in recent years, the UCSB Physics Department has taken concrete steps to improve the climate for women. We have a very active Women in Physics group that organizes a variety of events in support of women in the Department, including the recruitment of admitted women graduate students to the program. The Department also has a very active Diversity Committee of faculty. More information can be found at

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


Updated: August 06, 2012

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