Program Details

Ohio State University (Astronomy)

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


How many graduate students-- male/female?


How many post doctoral associates - male/female?


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

Starting in the Fall of 2018, graduate students in good standing with the university, holding a current appointment of at least 15 hour/week, having completed two consecutive semesters in any graduate appointment can benefit of family leave. As part of the policy, the birth mother, or a parent taking on the role of a primary caregiver, will be provided up to six weeks paid leave of absence; a spouse or domestic partner may be provided with up to three weeks leave. More info:

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

Family health insurance is available but is not included in the stipend.

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

Our department is committed to providing opportunities and a supportive environment for all graduate students, and makes special efforts to allow female students to achieve their full potential as scientists. Women in Physics and Astronomy, WIPHA (, is a local organization that connects female undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in an informal mentoring network. The department sponsors the monthly WIPHA lunches where members can discuss science, career issues and related topics in an informal setting. The department overall has a relatively young faculty, a high level of research activity, and a strong tradition of collegiality at all levels. Our institution is committed to fostering diversity in all dimensions of university life.

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


Updated: February 09, 2018

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