Program Details

University of California, Berkeley

Updated: September 26, 2018

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

63

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

8

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

13%

Total number of graduate students

263

Number of women graduate students

50

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

19%

Total number of post doctoral associates

90

Number of women post doctoral associates

23

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

26%

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

Yes. Details on the family leave policy and information on leave programs for student parents can be found at: https://grad.berkeley.edu/financial/families/

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

All eligible registered undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley are automatically enrolled in the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP; https://uhs.berkeley.edu/ship). Voluntary SHIP plans are available for the dependents of students enrolled in SHIP (https://uhs.berkeley.edu/insurance/insurance-dependents).

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

The Society of Women in the Physical Sciences (SWPS); https://swps.berkeley.edu/

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

Information Unavailable

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

IGenSpectrum is a student group at UC Berkeley dedicated to improving the visibility and professional preparation of LGBT physicists.
https://igenspectrum.berkeley.edu/

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

Yes. UC Berkeley hosted the West Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in 2014.

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

Yes. The physics department at UC Berkeley hosted a gender equity site visit in April 2010.

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

The physics department at UC Berkeley has a strong ongoing commitment to diversity. Faculty, staff, and students together are involved in our efforts to increase the representation of women and under-represented minorities. We have several women faculty role models who are renowned leading researchers in their respective fields. We have an active diversity and outreach faculty committee, which works in cooperation with and support from the Chair, the Dean, and campus-wide and university-wide programs.
Diversity and the status of women and ethnic minorities at UC Berkeley is overseen by the vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and a Senate committee devoted to monitoring and improving this aspect of campus-life. Furthermore, the division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences has a dedicated director of Diversity Programs.
Students are actively involved in these efforts. In particular, the Society of Women in the Physical Sciences(http://swps.berkeley.edu/) is a student-run organization that has taken the lead in many activities and programs related to diversity and outreach, with emphasis on creating a welcoming climate for women. The UC Berkeley campus has a wide array of student organizations (http://students.berkeley.edu/osl/studentorganizations.asp) with many opportunities to be involved in and to contribute to diversity and representation of women and ethnic minorities.
We strive to eliminate any form of discrimination based on gender or sexual identity. In particular, Berkeley has several helpful resources for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT). UC Berkeley SHIP insurance also provides benefits for transgender students, including hormone therapy and gender confirmation (reassignment) surgery (https://uhs.berkeley.edu/insurance/ship-benefits/insurance-benefits-transgender-students).
The Gender Equity Resource Center on campus is a UC Berkeley campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all, with special services for women, including special services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. See http://students.berkeley.edu/osl/geneq.asp for more details.

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

Ori Ganor

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