Program Details

Louisiana State University (Phyiscs & Astronomy)

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

45 tenure-track or tenured faculty
6 Female
39 Male

How many graduate students-- male/female?

Total of 85 graduate students
23 Female
60 Male

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

Total of 28 post doctoral researchers
7 Female
21 Male

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

Information Unavailable

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

All students who are identified by the University as full-time students are required to pay the Student Health Fee, which is included in their tuition and fees. The mission of the Student Health Center is to provide, promote, and support services that integrate individual health, education for health, prevention of disease, clinical treatment for illness, and public health responsibilities consistent with the educational mission of the University.

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

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Louisiana State University is committed to embracing an atmosphere of diversity. The Department has a strong tradition of excellence and features six female tenure-track or tenured faculty, one research assistant professor, four female instructors, with seven post-doctoral associates and 23 female graduate students.

In 2014, LSU's Department of Physics & Astronomy hosted the South-Central Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) The undergraduate female physicists networked and were inspired by both peers and established women scientists, while exploring the breadth of professional opportunities available to physics majors. Our female faculty are actively involved in CUWiP, expanding opportunities for female physicist engagement in all areas of career development. In addition, the LSU College of Science now has its first female dean, Cynthia Peterson, an LSU alumna. Dean Peterson has announced that there will be a diversity advocate on all future faculty search committees.

LSU proactively cultivates and sustains a campus environment that values open dialogue, cooperation, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and cultural competence- the driving forces that enrich and enhance cutting edge research, first-rate teaching, and engaging community outreach activities.

Through its Commitment to Community, LSU strives to create an inclusive, respectful, intellectually challenging climate that embraces individual difference in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socio-economic status, disability, family status, experiences, opinions, and ideas. All LSU employees are required to take Title IX and Sexual Harassment awareness training.

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


Updated: February 09, 2015

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