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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Updated: September 18, 2018

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

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Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

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

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Total number of graduate students

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Number of women graduate students

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[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

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Total number of post doctoral associates

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Number of women post doctoral associates

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[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

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

6 weeks of parental leave with full tuition and stipend support, one semester extension of academic deadlines.

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

Family health insurance is available for purchase by the student, it is not included in the stipend.

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

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

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What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

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

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

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

We have a tradition of strong and enlightened leadership in the department, and we have long emphasized the importance of being family-friendly for faculty, staff, and students. Many of our male faculty have small children and their wives are employed outside the home, so they understand issues of work-life balance. A significant number of our graduate students (male and female) also have small children who are often seen around the building. We have been very alert to dual-career couples in our graduate student recruiting, and make efforts to assist the partners of the students we admit (it helps that there are two other major research universities near by). We have a significant concentration of female students, especially in our astrophysics group (in many years it is majority female), so the women in our department do not tend to feel isolated. We have many social events (picnics, potlucks) that bring all members of the department together. The environment is very open, and behavior that is denigrating to women is not tolerated under any circumstances.

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

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