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Updated: March 02, 2018
How many tenure-track or tenured faculty -- male/female?
How many graduate students-- male/female?
How many post doctoral associates - male/female?
Is there a family leave policy for graduate students? If so, describe.
Graduate students are entitled to paid parental leave for the adoption or birth of a child. The primary caregiver is entitled to 6 weeks leave and the other parent or domestic partner is entitled to 3 weeks leave. When both parents are supported graduate students, the leave may be used consecutively, or together. When used consecutively, both parents may be designated as the primary caregiver.
Is there family health insurance for graduate students? If so, is it included in the stipend?
Dependent health insurance is available through the university. It is not included in the stipend. However, the university's dependent health insurance is expensive, and less expensive alternatives may be available.
Please describe why someone applying to graduate school who is interested in a female-friendly department should choose your department.
Students interested in graduate research in condensed matter physics, optics, materials physics, cosmology, particle-astrophysics, biophysics or medical imaging will find exciting research programs in those areas, in a mid-size department in which faculty work closely with students. The Physics Graduate Student Association, the Graduate Student Council, and the Women in Doctoral Studies group all foster a sense of community, provide resources for professional development, and address gender-related issues. The College of Arts and Sciences sponsors an international conference travel fellowship specifically for women. The Physics Department supports undergraduate travel to the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. We are the home of the Physics GRE Flash Cards, which we have made available since 2011, at no cost, to interested students everywhere.
Has the institution had a Climate for Women in Physics Site Visit or Gender Equity Conversation?