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Updated: June 23, 2017
How many tenure-track or tenured faculty -- male/female?
18 male / 4 female
How many graduate students-- male/female?
39 male / 9 female
How many post doctoral associates - male/female?
Is there a family leave policy for graduate students? If so, describe.
Any GA is eligible to receive a Fellowship for: (1) the birth of a child; (2) the recent adoption of a child under the age of six; or (3) the assumption of other parenting responsibilities (e.g., foster parenting, legal guardianship) of a child under the age of six. Except for birth mothers as described below, the period of the Fellowship is six weeks4. During the Fellowship period, the GA retains his or her full stipend and benefits, provides no service to the University, and5maintains enrollment as a full-time ( ≥9 credits) student.The University recognizes the need of birth mothers to respond to or to recover from the effects of pregnancy and/or the delivery of a child. If a birth mother believes that she requires a Fellowship period of more than six weeks, she must obtain a letter from her physician or other licensed health-care professional that provides (1) the nature of the need; (2) a statement that the GA cannot return to her duties for health reasons arising from the pregnancy and/or delivery; and (3) the duration of required absence beyond the initial six weeks.In all instances, the GA should discuss his or her Fellowship plans with his or her GPD and/or supervisor as soon as possible to allow for maximum collegial support. All Fellowship requests must be approved by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School andthe GA's supervisor. Upon request, the Graduate School will reimburse the cost of the GA’s stipend to the supporting department.
Is there family health insurance for graduate students? If so, is it included in the stipend?
All graduate students, including GAs, are eligible to enroll in the GA health insurance program. The Department of Physics pays all health insurance premiums for graduate students and their families. This is a benefit in addition to their stipend.
Please describe why someone applying to graduate school who is interested in a female-friendly department should choose your department.
The Physics Department at UMBC is committed to the success of all admitted graduate students. We are particularly interested in providing an environment where people from diverse backgrounds can find intellectual stimulation and work towards excellence in their field. We have excellent health and family benefits and a commitment throughout the faculty to provide individual support and mentorship to each of our graduate students. In addition to the four tenure track female faculty engaged in cutting edge research, we currently have seven other faculty who have mentored female graduate students through the PhD, demonstrating our broad commitment to successfully engaging and supporting female graduate students.
Has the institution had a Climate for Women in Physics Site Visit or Gender Equity Conversation?