Program Details

College of William and Mary

Updated: June 09, 2011

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

26 male/4 female

How many graduate students-- male/female?

46 male/20 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

13 male/0 female

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

Yes. During or after a pregnancy, or after an adoption or the start of foster care, the department will provide up to 6 weeks paid leave at the student's request. At the student's request, additional unpaid leave up to 14 weeks will be provided. The student may also request part time status and duties for up to a total of 28 weeks. Requests for leave beyond 28 weeks will be treated on a case by case basis.

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

Yes. In addition to the stipend, the department pays the premium of the student's health insurance and half the cost of that for a dependent(s)(up to limits based on our coverage available through the university).

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

Aside from the wide range of research programs available within the department of physics, or in association with our adjunct faculty at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and at the NASA Langley Research Center, women graduate students come to the College of William and Mary because our faculty members work hard to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment. Proof of this is in the numbers of women here. From our introductory undergraduate classes (40% of these students are women), to our majors (27% of our graduating majors have been women over the last five years), to our graduate program (31% of our entering Ph. D. students have been women over the last six years), women are a major part of all the physics department's programs. Partly, this is because we form a welcoming community, as is necessary in a small town. Events hosted by the College, by the department or by the Physics Graduate Students Association can be an important break from research and studies. Roughly 20% of our graduate students are married, and several have children (some born while their parent was a student here). But, it is not just the faculty who believe we maintain an outstanding climate. When the American Physical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics made a site visit to William and Mary, they concluded: Of the 21 departments that have participated in the site visit program to date, this department certainly is in the top 5%. And even closer to home, when our undergraduate majors decide to return to William and Mary for a Ph.D. degree in physics, returning women outnumber men by a ratio of 3:2. Women graduate students are no longer unusual here; instead, they are a vital part of our community.

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


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