Program Details

University of Central Florida

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

38 tenure-line faculty: 34 male / 4 female

How many graduate students-- male/female?

94 graduate students: 64 male / 30 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

11 post-docs: 9 male / 2 female

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

Yes.The Parental Leave program is designed to assist graduate assistants on existing assistantship agreements during pregnancy or immediately after the birth or adoption of their infant child. The mother may choose to use up to six weeks of leave for pregnancy and/or maternity needs. The spouse or partner may choose to use up to six weeks of leave to assist in the care of the newborn child and the child's mother during the postpartum period. Graduate assistants who have assumed parenthood through the adoption of an infant may also use this leave. This includes graduate assistants in a domestic partnership. For this leave policy, a domestic partner is defined as a same sex individual who shares a committed, mutually-dependent relationship. During the approved parental leave, the student will retain student status and all privileges of an enrolled student. Approved parental leave is paid leave for up to six weeks but may be a shorter period, depending on the student’s graduate assistantship agreement(s). The student’s assistantship status will be maintained during the leave, including paid tuition remission and health insurance (if the student accepted this coverage offered by the College of Graduate Studies). Prior to the leave, the student is expected to confer with his/her course instructors to develop plans as necessary to make up any academic work missed during the leave. Any leave for longer than the six-week period must be petitioned as a Medical Withdrawal or a Special Leave of Absence. The College of Graduate Studies will pay the assistantship stipend equal to the rate of the student’s existing assistantship agreement(s) during the approved leave period. Arrangements for this payment will be coordinated with the student’s assistantship sponsor (i.e., hiring department).

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

The College of Graduate Studies provides health insurance coverage for all graduate assistants with appointments totaling 20 hours per week (the typical TA or RA full-time workload). The health insurance can be extended to dependents, but needs paid in separate by the graduate student. It is not included in the stipend.

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

The department has traditionally had a larger-than-average participation of women in its graduate and undergraduate programs, current being about 32%. We have recently hired two female assistant professors, doubling the number of female tenure-line faculty. The department hosts a Physics Women Society, entirely run by female graduate students, to promote the interest of women in the department. This society provides a platform for networking, guidance, mentoring, and counseling, and organizes and host events, including talks given by female professionals, mentoring for female undergraduates, and outreach activities. In 2013 the department hosted the Southeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. UCF provides paid six-week family leaves for graduate students (for both mother and partner). The department maintains a very large and comfortable lactation room with its own restroom. UCF has a number of initiatives to support and promote the career advancement of women and their well being, such as the Center for Success of Women Faculty.

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


Updated: April 06, 2017

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