Program Details

Vanderbilt University

Updated: September 25, 2018

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

26

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

6

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

23%

Total number of graduate students

63

Number of women graduate students

17

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

27%

Total number of post doctoral associates

29

Number of women post doctoral associates

4

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

14%

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

Yes. Students on TAs or university fellowships are guaranteed six weeks paid parental leave following a birth or adoption if they are the primary caregiver.

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

Yes, family health insurance is available, but the additional cost 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.

No

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

No

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

VU-WISE, Vanderbilt University Women In Science and Engineering https://my.vanderbilt.edu/vuwise/

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

No

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

No

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

We have dramatically increased the number of women in our department who are tenured or tenure-track faculty. We have also taken several steps to improve the climate for female students and postdocs in our department. First is the creation of a Climate Committee that serves as a sounding board for graduate student and postdoc concerns. Second, we sponsor a monthly lunch for the graduate students, which I and our Director for Graduate Studies attend.

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

Shane Hutson
shane.hutson@vanderbilt.edu

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