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Updated: September 23, 2019
Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty
Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions
[Calculated] Percentage of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions
Total number of graduate students
Number of women graduate students
[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students
Total number of post doctoral associates
Number of women post doctoral associates
[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates
Is there a family leave policy for graduate students? If so, describe.
There is no family leave policy for graduate students. Cases are handled on an individual basis.
Is there family health insurance for graduate students? If so, is it included in the stipend?
All graduate students are required to purchase health insurance (or be covered by their parents). A family option does exist for this insurance. 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.
Yes, the Society for Women in Physics: http://www.wip.gatech.edu/
Do you have a Physics Graduate Student Association? If yes, please include link to their website if they have one.
Yes, the Graduate Association of Physicists:
What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?
We have an active SPS group:
Has your institution ever hosted a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics? If yes, which year?
Yes, in 2016.
Has your institution ever hosted an APS Climate Site Visit for Women and Minorities in Physics?
Please describe why someone applying to graduate school who is interested in a female-friendly department should choose your department.
1. Our faculty is young (25% under 40) and diverse (17% female)
2. Women have comprised over 30% of the incoming graduate student class in the past two years.
3. You can study traditional subjects like condensed matter physics, atomic physics, astrophysics, optics, mathematical physics & general relativity
4. You can study less traditional subjects like biophysics, non-linear dynamics, soft matter physics, quantum information, experimental particle astrophysics & physics education research
5. You can pursue your PhD with professors in several of our top-ten ranked engineering departments
6. You live in warm, sunny, and cosmopolitan Atlanta
7. You start research in your second semester
8. Our faculty is well recognized (ranked 28th according to US News)
9. You do not need to submit a Physics GRE score and there is no Qualifying Exam.
10. You do not pay tuition and we pay you a salary of $27,060.
Please include the name of faculty or staff member and an email they can be reached at for further questions.
Prof. David Ballantyne,
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies,