Program Details

Dartmouth College (Physics & Astronomy)

Updated: August 01, 2011

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

13 male, 5 female

How many graduate students-- male/female?

27 male, 11 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

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

Child Accommodation Policy
The Graduate Studies Office child accommodation policy is designed to assist a graduate student,
who is the primary child-care provider, immediately following the birth or adoption of a child. The
policy does not intend to replace communication between the student and his or her advisors, but
rather serves to establish a uniform and supportive guideline for graduate students.
Under the child accommodation policy, a full-time stipend-supported graduate student is eligible for
up to twelve weeks of accommodation from his or her graduate program. Under most
circumstances, the Graduate Studies Office will provide up to six weeks of support and the student's
department will provide up to six weeks of support during this period. If a student is supported by a
funding mechanism that is incompatible with this accommodation policy, or if a student's program is
unable to provide matching support, the Graduate Studies Office will provide up to twelve weeks of
support. In the event that both parents are full-time graduate students, the benefit by this policy can
be shared between the parents as they choose, but the total amount of accommodation provided will
not exceed twelve weeks.
During this period of accommodation, the graduate student will continue to be enrolled and will
receive their full level of stipend support and health benefits. In addition, an automatic one-term
extension will be granted to complete their degree. The Graduate Studies Office requires the
graduate student to discuss his or her plans for accommodation with the Graduate Studies Office and
his or her advisors as soon as possible, but, in any case, in advance of the leave in order to allow
adequate planning.
For graduate students who are not full-time, and stipend supported, they may request a child
accommodation period, without tuition or stipend support, through their programs.

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

Yes; health insurance coverage for dependents beyond the student is
available to purchase at a reasonable rate. Health insurance for
the student is included as a supplement to the tuition waiver and

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

Foremost, Dartmouth College offers a cutting-edge PhD research
program in physics and astronomy. In addition, the environment is
definitely welcoming to women scientists and students, who
comprise over 25% of tenure/tenure-track faculty, graduate students,
and PhD recipients in the last 10 years. Thanks to the small size of
our graduate program, all of our students have the opportunity for
close faculty interactions and mentoring. Small classes and research
groups provide a non-intimidating learning and research
environment. Specific programs such as Dartmouth's Women in Science
Project also offer career guidance and support for women.

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

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