Program Details

University of Colorado (Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences)

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

19 male/3 female

How many graduate students-- male/female?

34 male/14 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

Information Unavailable

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

Health benefits for students taking 6 hrs/sem, plus
LWOP ("time out program") for students taking leave

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

Yes, for qualified TA or RA. "Golden Buff Student Health Insurance" plan is offered for grad student at $1052/semester (Student Gold plan) plus additional costs for spouse/domestic partner and dependents. These costs include a considerable (automatic) subsidy paid by the university.

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

The departmental environment at CU Boulder (Dept. of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences) has gradually come to the point where the numbers of students is one of the highest among physical sciences. We have probably reached a point where all students are evaluated by their academic credentials and performance, with little self-consciousness about gender-political issues. This atmosphere permeates our classes, our student-leadership and committees, and professional relationships between grad students, postdocs, and faculty thesis advisors.

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

Information Unavailable

Updated: September 30, 2009

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