Program Details

Iowa State University (Physics and Astronomy)

Updated: November 30, 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.

Iowa State University provides graduate assistants and postdocs with short term-funding in connection with the arrival of new children. Specifically, the academic home college of the graduate assistant and the graduate college
provide funding for up to six weeks to temporarily replace the normal mission-oriented funding. Following this bridge funding period, graduate assistants and postdocs are allowed to return to their original appointment.

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

Graduate assistants with an appointment of one quarter time or more receive self-only health insurance coverage as a benefit of employment. However, graduate assistants may also enroll their lawful spouse or domestic partner, and unmarried dependent children under age of 26. A portion of of the monthly premium will be paid by the graduate assistant's paycheck.

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

Iowa State University has a long tradition of being a woman friendly institution of higher education. When Iowa State College opened its doors in 1858 it was open to both men and women: in 1869 over 20% of the students were female. Outstanding alumna include Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, who is recognized as one of the key leaders of the American women's suffrage movement. Over 140 years later, the Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a welcoming and friendly environment for learning and research for students of different socio-economic, cultural backgrounds and gender. Departmental research includes condensed matter physics and is closely linked to a world-class research center, the Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy national laboratory. Our research also covers work in astronomy/astrophysics, particle astrophysics, biophysics, high-energy physics and nuclear physics. Our international faculty from 19 different countries, a large graduate student population and over 30 postdoctoral associates provide a culturally diverse and intellectually stimulating environment. The Ames — Des Moines metropolitan area offers college town living nearby a larger city. Ames itself combines small-town living with big city recreation, sporting and cultural activities. Ames has hundreds of acres of parks, numerous bike paths, and cultural festivals and celebrations and has been ranked the 9th best places to live in the nation (Money magazine 2010).

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


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