Program Details

Michigan State University

Updated: October 08, 2019

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

57

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

9

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

16%

Total number of graduate students

221

Number of women graduate students

40

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

18%

Total number of post doctoral associates

0

Number of women post doctoral associates

0

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

N/A

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.

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.

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

Yes, WaMPS. https://msu.edu/~wamps/

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

Yes. https://web.pa.msu.edu/PGO/

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Information Unavailable

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

Yes, Jan 2019

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.

Over the past 20 years at MSU, either the president or the provost (and sometimes both) have been women. This is the most visible part of as dedicated effort across the board to take diversity, equity, and inclusion seriously at MSU. A notable example specific to the Physics and Astronomy Department is our hosting of a very successful CUWiP in Jan 2019. Female graduate students have formed WaMPS (Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences), and the department supports this organization financially and logistically. The department has also introduced a holistic rubric in its graduate admissions, and has seen a rising number of incoming female graduate students each of the past two years this has been used.

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

Professor Kirsten Tollefson, associate chair for the graduate program
tollefson@pa.msu.edu

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