Program Details

Stanford University

Updated: October 07, 2013

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

Physics: 30 male and 8 female tenure/tenure-track faculty.
Applied Physics: 19 male and 2 female tenure/tenure track faculty.

How many graduate students-- male/female?

Physics: 171 grad. students; 136 male and 35 female.
Applied Physics: 122 grad. students; 95 male and 27 female.

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

Physics: 82 postdoctoral assocs.; 69 male and 13 female.
Applied Physics: 29 postdoctoral assocs.; 23 male and 6 female.

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

Yes; please see
Stanford provides an academic accommodation period for registered and matriculated women graduate students anticipating or experiencing a birth:

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

Yes, there is family health insurance for graduate students. Please see
There are subsidies for health insurance for the graduate student in some cases; please see this website for detailed information:

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

The Stanford Physics and Applied Physics Departments offer a "rotation" system for first-year graduate students, to help students find a research group that matches their interests and in which they can thrive. Graduate students have an opportunity to work with a different research group each quarter of their first year. Because rotation does not imply a long-term commitment on the part of the graduate student or the advisor, this system allows students to explore advisors and research areas to find a good match. This is vitally important for a rewarding graduate experience. Graduate students can rotate with groups in the Physics and Applied Physics Departments and in the Photon Science and Particle Physics & Astrophysics Departments at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and with groups conducting physics-related research in other departments. Many interdisciplinary research opportunities exist at Stanford in fields such as biophysics and energy research.

For more details, see the Physics Graduate Student Handbook at For Applied Physics, see or e-mail

Other resources at Stanford:

The Women's Community Center ( provides programs and services designed to implement its goals of collaborative learning, community development, and social justice with regard to women's full inclusion and participation in the life of the Stanford University campus.

The Graduate Women's Network ( provides academic and social support to graduate women across disciplines at Stanford University. Through organizing programs, roundtable discussions, and other opportunities for socializing, the Graduate Women's Network is an organization committed to meeting needs specific to graduate women.

Additional information about student life at Stanford, covering such subjects as health care, peer counseling, child care, employment, dependent and domestic partner benefits, fitness, disabled student services, library services, etc. can be found in the Stanford Graduate Student Handbook ( and through the the Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education ( The VPGE sponsors career advising programs, such as Academic Chats (

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


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