Program Details

University of Utah (Department of Physics & Astronomy)

Updated: July 03, 2014

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

Tenure-track/tenured faculty: 35/4
Career-line faculty (research and lecture professors): 14/3

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.

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.

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.

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


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