Program Details

Carnegie Mellon

Updated: June 25, 2013

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

27 Male / 5 Female (+ 1 Male / 2 Female in Research Track)

How many graduate students-- male/female?

57 Male / 10 Female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

20 Male / 4 Female

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

Situations are handled on a case-by-case basis by the department.

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

Multiple levels of insurance are available and additional options include 2-person coverage (spouse, child, or domestic partner) and family coverage. Insurance is not included in stipend.

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

Carnegie Mellon's Department of Physics fosters a collegiate atmosphere and strives to help every student succeed. Semi-weekly happy hours allow graduate students and faculty members to socialize and interactions outside of individual research groups are encouraged. Informal women-in-physics lunches are supported by the department. Recent faculty hires include two award-winning female researchers. As of Spring 2013, we have 35 tenure-track and research-track faculty available to serve as research advisors and mentors; 7 of these (20%) are female.

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


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