Program Details

Oregon State University

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

12 male /4 female

How many graduate students-- male/female?

36 male /10 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

3 male /0 female

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

On-leave status is available to students who need to suspend their program of study for good cause. Students who desire a leave of absence will work with their major professor, program administrator, and the Graduate School to arrange authorized leave. Graduate programs that are designed such that the offering of courses and/or the conduct of research/scholarly work are not on a continuous term-to-term basis will work with the Graduate School to arrange planned leave. Graduate Faculty members are students' most important resource at the University and will work closely with graduate students to ensure timely completion of academic goals, understanding of the Continuous Graduate Enrollment Policy, and that graduate students enroll each term other than when they are on authorized leave. The Graduate School will assist graduate students and Graduate Faculty members with administrative procedures related to the Continuous Graduate Enrollment Policy. The Graduate School recognizes the diverse circumstances and unpredictability of graduate students' lives and will work in partnership with the graduate community in arranging leaves and responding to unanticipated situations.

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

Under a collective bargaining agreement with OSU, graduate student employees have access to an individual health insurance plan. They receive 85% of the cost of the plan in addition to their stipend. The current value is about $647 per term. Family members may be enrolled in the plan; students are responsible for the additional cost. (

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

Our department welcomes all students to an exciting research environment that provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and professional development as begin your career in science. The department is collegial and small enough that your talents, ambitions, and special circumstances can be individually nurtured. We offer graduate research and teaching assistantships; our graduates do cutting-edge research and have found positions in excellent research groups and in competitive industry positions. Our teaching program is vibrant and innovative, providing plenty of opportunity to develop your physics knowledge and deepen your understanding of pedagogy. Our department is young and energetic - half of our tenured/tenure track faculty members were hired within the last 10 years. We have 4 women faculty members and almost one quarter of the graduate students are female. Students come from many different parts of the U.S., and about 20-25% are foreign. It's a nice mix of people and cultures. It is not uncommon for graduate students to be parents; men and women alike juggle family responsibilities with their careers. You'll find our department supportive if this is your situation. We have a Women in Physics group that meets informally, and it’s connected to other Women in Science groups around campus. Corvallis is a safe, environmentally-conscious town that lies in the middle of the beautiful Willamette Valley. It’s an easy drive to the ocean and the mountains, and there is lots to do locally.

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


Updated: June 04, 2015

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