Program Details

University of Louisville (Physics and Astronomy)

Updated: September 12, 2019

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

17

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

3

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

18%

Total number of graduate students

39

Number of women graduate students

14

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

36%

Total number of post doctoral associates

1

Number of women post doctoral associates

1

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

100%

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

By default, the campus FMLA policy does not cover GTAs or GRAs. However, departments are able to request exceptions for these students. The campus FMLA policy is a paid 12-week absence.

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

For TAs and RAs, it is free. It is limited in access to doctors in the UofL Medical system, but this is a fairly large system.
For students not supported as TA or RA, there is a small cost per semester for campus health insurance.

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

Yes: "SWiPA"
http://www.physics.louisville.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=172&Itemid=313

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

Not specifically for graduate students - we encourage the undergraduate and graduate students to meet together.

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

The Society of Physics Students, which works closely with the Society for Women in Physics and Astronomy.

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

No, but we plan to apply for the next round.

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.

We certainly try to be a female-friendly department.
We have created a new organization within the department: SWIPA - the Society for Women In Physics & Astronomy. This will provide an opportunity for female students, staff, and faculty to meet socially, to establish mentoring relationships, and to provide input to the department chair.
Our chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) welcomes both graduate and undergraduate students and usually has a significant number of women officers.

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

Department Chair: Dr. Chakram Jayanthi, chakram.jayanthi@louisville.edu
Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Christopher Davis.
christopher.davis@louisville.edu

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