Program Details

University of California, Berkeley

Updated: August 15, 2012

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


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.

Yes. Details can be found at

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

Graduate student instructors and researchers are covered by the Student Health Insurance Plan. The Student Health Insurance Plan is available for registered UC Berkeley students only. However, several plans are available for spouses and children of Berkeley students.
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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 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. Our current Department Chair is a woman, and so was the previous Chair. Both present and former chairs are devoted to diversity and outreach; the present chair was on the APS CSWP (committee on the status of women in physics) for a number of years. In addition, we have an active diversity and outreach faculty committee, which works in cooperation and support from the Chair, the Dean, and campus-wide and university-wide programs.
Diversity and the status of women and ethnic minorities is very important at UC Berkeley, with a special 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 ( 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 good atmosphere for women. The Berkeley campus has a wide array of student organizations ( 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 was recently expanded to include coverage for hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery (
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 for more details.

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


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