Program Details

University of Utah (Department of Physics & Astronomy)

Updated: September 03, 2019

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

37

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

3

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

8%

Total number of graduate students

67

Number of women graduate students

20

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

30%

Total number of post doctoral associates

15

Number of women post doctoral associates

2

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

13%

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

Graduate students may apply for a leave of absence.

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

Yes. It is not included in the graduate stipend, but family health insurance is subsidized considerably by the University of Utah.

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

https://www.physics.utah.edu/~wompa/

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

http://www.physics.utah.edu/gsac/

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Society of Physics Students

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

Information Unavailable

Has your institution ever hosted an APS Climate Site Visit for Women and Minorities in Physics?

Information Unavailable

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

The faculty consider the student environment critical to the success of the department. There are now two groups for women in physics and astronomy; one led by undergraduates and one for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. The latter group meets monthly, and is financially supported by the department. These gatherings provide opportunities for informal mentoring across career stages and sharing of resources, and also serve as forums for exchange of information and advice.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah hosted a 2014 APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, attended by more than 100 undergraduate students.

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

Bryce@physics.utah.edu, Graduate Coordinator

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