Program Details

West Virginia University

Updated: August 02, 2012

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

13 male
4 female

How many graduate students-- male/female?

65 total
54 male, 11 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

5 male, 4 female

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


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

Yes. It is part of the stipend and families can be added at additional cost.

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

At West Virginia University, the mentoring of graduate students (female and male) goes beyond the typical faculty-student interaction that occurs at most universities. Because we are a modest sized department, the faculty work closely with the students and take an active role in promoting their careers during and after their graduate research. Our female faculty play critical roles within the department and the respect accorded to them by the rest of the faculty serves as a good model for the student population. We seek the very best faculty and students that we can recruit to WVU, demand outstanding teaching and research from the faculty, and strive to reward faculty and student success independently of gender, ethnic origin, or race. Students interested in WVU would be best served by looking at our track record in training and then placing graduate students (both male and female) into good, post-graduate positions.

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


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