Program Details

New York University

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

35 tenured and tenure-track faculty; 31 male, 4 female.

How many graduate students-- male/female?

81 graduate students: 71 male, 10 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

33 postdocs: 28 male, 5 female

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

NYU offers leaves of absence up to one year for all graduate students. This includes parental and family leaves for both male and female graduate students.

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

NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science provides each graduate student in Physics with comprehensive health insurance. This health insurance coverage is provided over and above the student's stipend and tuition remission. Family members can be added to the health insurance plan at additional cost to the student.

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

NYU is situated in the heart of New York City, one of the most inclusive and family-friendly communities in the world. New York's vibrant cultural and intellectual environment provides opportunities for graduate students to pursue all of their interests in a world-class setting. For students raising families, NYU features an affiliated preschool and access to some of the finest public and private K-12 schools in the country. NYU recently has expanded its child-care offerings for parents with pre-school-age children. NYU's Department of Physics fosters research by female graduate students by providing opportunity grants for exploratory research and also through the support of the Louise Bruhn Travel Grants for Women in Physics. NYU also is actively engaged in recruiting female faculty members into all of the sciences, including Physics. To foster these activities, NYU has adopted policies that increase and improve the opportunities for women on the Physics faculty. These policies include automatic tenure-clock stoppage and work relief for new parents, including those who have recently adopted. The Senior Vice Provost for Research holds a regular program of lunches, meetings and workshops that focus on women's issues in the University. Most recently, these meetings have inspired substantial upgrades to NYU's child care offerings. The College of Arts and Science also has initiated a Women in Science (WINS) program to increase the number of female undergraduates in our science program, under the directorship of Prof. Lynne Kiorpes. All of these activities at least indirectly improve the atmosphere and sense of community that female graduate students can expect to find at New York University's Department of Physics.

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


Updated: August 03, 2012

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