Program Details

Michigan State University

Updated: August 03, 2012

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

Female: 6; male: 54
In addition, we have 6 female research faculty who are not on tenure-track; so there is a substantial number of female faculty members to interact with students.

How many graduate students-- male/female?

Female: 27; male: 113

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

Information Unavailable

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

Yes. Duties will be waived by department, while stipend continues. Graduate assistants have a right to return to the same appointment after family/medical leave is over. We also have an emergency service to provide care for sick children at their homes, allowing mothers (and fathers) to fulfill their duties, while knowing that their sick children receive the care they need.

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

Yes, but it is only partially included in stipend.

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

MSU has a female president and takes advancement of females on all levels very
seriously. The Department and the College each have a women's advisory committee. All female members of the faculty have been hired in the last 12 years, and we are taking active steps to increase the number of females in the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as the faculty. The entire department is strongly committed to increasing the numbers of females at all levels, and the university provides help where needed. Female graduate students have formed WaMPS (Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences), and the department supports this organization financially and logistically.

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


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