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University of Kansas (Physics and Astronomy)

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.


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

Yes, but 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.

From its very first graduating class, women have played a key role at the University of Kansas. The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a stimulating research environment with programs in a wide variety of areas, including astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmology, high energy experimental physics, high-energy theory, space physics, and nuclear physics. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is among the top in the nation for the number and percentage of women faculty. Presently, the department boasts two University Distinguished Professors who are women. One of our newest woman graduate students has been awarded the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship, providing for four years of support during her Ph.D. studies ( Another woman graduate student recently completed a four-year NSF Fellowship. Additionally, each semester, the women faculty and staff host a lunch to bring together women postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate students to foster fellowship and networking across the department's many disciplines. To further our efforts on behalf of women, the department is honored to host a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in January, 2018. The work of the department is done on the very attractive KU campus located at the center of Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence is a progressive town with excellent schools, good health care providers, and a large range of cultural and recreational activities.

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


Updated: October 24, 2017

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