Program Details

Boston University

Updated: September 23, 2019

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

38

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

6

[Calculated] Percentage of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

16%

Total number of graduate students

81

Number of women graduate students

11

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

14%

Total number of post doctoral associates

20

Number of women post doctoral associates

2

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

10%

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

There is a graduate student parental leave policy in which a student can take a semester off with no tuition or other charges. The student health insurance also covers normal pregnancy expenses. A similar leave policy also extends for male students.

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

Yes and yes (as fringe benefits)

Do you have a Woman in Physics Group? If yes, please include link to their website if they have one.

Yes. http://physics.bu.edu/pages/show/women_in_physics

Do you have a Physics Graduate Student Association? If yes, please include link to their website if they have one.

Yes. GSO.

https://www.bu.edu/gso/

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Graduate Student Council.
http://physics.bu.edu/grad/page/gsc

Has your institution ever hosted a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics? If yes, which year?

No.

Has your institution ever hosted an APS Climate Site Visit for Women and Minorities in Physics?

No.

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

Despite the small percentage of women in our program, the female members of the department are active in the physics community. The Boston University Women in Physics organization hosts social and educational events open to the entire department, works towards the acceptance of the graduate student parental leave policy, and supports the goals of the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Organization at Boston University. The department supports women's issues including the stated goals of the Women in Physics.

Please include the name of faculty or staff member and an email they can be reached at for further questions.

Mirtha Cabello, cabello@bu.edu

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