Program Details

University of California, Davis

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

44 total, 7 women The vice chair for graduate affairs is a woman.

How many graduate students-- male/female?

139 total, 27 women

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

Information Unavailable

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

Students can take a PELP (Planned Educational Leave Program) for up to one year for family issues. Graduate students employed as teaching assistants are eligible for up to four weeks of paid leave for childbirth (females), while birth fathers and adoptive parents may take up to two weeks of paid leave. Graduate students employed as researchers are not covered by the policy but can often make leave arrangements with their advisers.

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

Graduate students may include dependents on the group health insurance plan. There is an option for medical coverage only, or for dental and vision coverage as well. The student must pay an additional premium of about $6000 per year for an entire family, or $3000 per year to cover either a spouse or children.

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

UC Davis Physics values its reputation for faculty accessibility. We provide for our students, both undergraduate and graduate, the opportunity for close faculty interaction and mentoring while doing top-notch research. Students have access both to on-campus facilities and to off-campus sites including CERN, Lawrence Livermore Labs, the National Observatories at Kitt Peak and Cerro Tololo, Chile, and the Keck Telescope in Hawaii. With established opportunities for interdisciplinary research across the sciences, the environment and curriculum are well-suited for either men or women interested in pursuing physics or applied physics studies. Women students and faculty have several informal evening dinners and lunches each year to discuss issues relevant to women in physics or physics in general. Several university programs contribute to our female-friendly environment. Our nationally recognized Breast-Feeding Support Program and a Child Care Support Program assist graduate students with the costs and logistics of raising children, and the Partner Opportunity Program plays an important role in our successful hiring of female faculty.

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


Updated: August 03, 2012

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