Program Details

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Astronomy)

Updated: July 01, 2014

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

11 male / 0 female tenure-system faculty

How many graduate students-- male/female?

10 male / 12 female graduate students

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

3 male / 1 female postdocs

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

Yes. Eligible assistants (i.e., assistants holding an appointment at the time parental leave is taken) are entitled to up to six (6) weeks of parental accommodation immediately following the birth of a child or upon either the initial placement or the legal adoption of a child under 18 years of age. The parental accommodation period may be comprised of a two-week paid Parental Leave, use of paid sick leave (13 days for each appointment year), and a personal unpaid leave of absence to make up the balance of the six weeks. Parental leave is available to both mothers and fathers.

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

The University provides services at McKinley Health Center and the Counseling Center. Additionally, assistants are eligible to participate in the University Graduate Student health insurance plan, with partial coverage of the insurance fee. The University also provides vision and dental coverage for assistants. Coverage may be purchased for spouses, dependents and same-sex domestic partners.

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

We offer a friendly and supportive environment to students.
We have family-friendly leave policies.
Our graduate population is over 50% female.

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


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