Program Details

University of Maryland, College Park

Updated: October 23, 2015

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.

Yes, there is a Parental Accommodation policy. Full time graduate students are able to request up to 6 weeks of parental accommodation, during which time coursework and attendance will be deferred. The student may also choose to extend their academic deadlines by one semester.

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

Graduate students employed as graduate assistants are eligible for state-subsidized health insurance. Graduate students without an assistantship may purchase a plan through the University-sponsored health insurance program with UnitedHealthcare. Coverage is also available for spouses and children.

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

The University of Maryland boasts one of the largest physics departments in the nation and has numerous partnerships with research facilities around the Washington, DC area. Our faculty members are involved in research in more than 30 areas of physics, including some of today's most cutting edge topics. Our flexible Ph.D. program allows students to tailor their coursework and get involved in research that suits their interests. All of our graduate students are supported through graduate assistantships or grants.

The University of Maryland's Physics Department values our female faculty, staff, and students and is committed to creating an inclusive environment and recruiting more women. The Department hosted the 2014 CUWiP and attended the 2015 CUWiP to provide information about our graduate program to prospective students. GRAD-MAP (Graduate Resources Advancing Diversity with Maryland Astronomy and Physics) connects minority serving institutions with graduate and faculty researchers at the University of Maryland.

The Department’s Women in Physics group provides a welcoming environment for female members of the Physics community at the University of Maryland by including undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff of all genders. They developed a mentoring program to foster supportive relationships between current and new graduate students, host regular professional development lunches, and organize other professional development, social, and outreach events.
In addition, the UMD Physics Department has several ongoing initiatives to improve departmental climate for all members of the community, including an active Society of Physics Students, outreach opportunities, and a student-run Graduate Committee. The Graduate Committee runs a mentoring program for first-year graduate students, helps strengthen graduate student advising relationships, and supports TA experiences.

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


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