Program Details

Florida Institute of Technology (Physics & Space Sciences)

Updated: October 16, 2019

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

0

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

0

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

N/A

Total number of graduate students

0

Number of women graduate students

0

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

N/A

Total number of post doctoral associates

3

Number of women post doctoral associates

1

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

33%

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

There is no formal leave policy. However, it is relatively easy to arrange temporary leaves within the department's program with the approval of advisor, graduate committee and head.

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

A student can opt for family insurance provided by the university, but it is not included in the stipend paid by the department.

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

No

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

No

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

No

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.

We are among the largest undergraduate physics and astronomy (space sciences) programs in the U.S. according to AIP graduation statistics--about 150 majors (including dual degree students). About half of our undergraduate majors in Physics and Space Sciences are women. More than a third of the graduate students are women. This suggests we are doing a good job in attracting and keeping female students--especially in view of the fact that FIT is an engineering school. Such institutions often have a much lower fraction of women than this.
We clearly need better representation of women on our faculty. However, this is proving to be a challenge, as only about 1 in 10-20 applicants for our occasional faculty openings have been women. Hopefully, our enrollment figures portend an increasing number of Ph.D. candidates for faculty positions in coming years. We are trying to do our part--without discriminating in either direction.

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

Leslie Smith
leslie@fit.edu
3216748795

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