Program Details

University of Kansas (Physics and Astronomy)

Updated: October 18, 2018

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

26

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

3

[Calculated] Percentage of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

12%

Total number of graduate students

54

Number of women graduate students

11

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

20%

Total number of post doctoral associates

8

Number of women post doctoral associates

2

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

25%

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

Yes. The complete policy can be found at http://policy.ku.edu/kulc-academic-accommodation-new-parents

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

Yes, but it is not included in the stipend.

Do you have a Woman in Physics Group? If yes, please include link to their website if they have one.

We have a Diversity in Physics Group. Their Facebook page is located at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kuphysicsdiversity/

Do you have a Physics Graduate Student Association? If yes, please include link to their website if they have one.

No

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

No

Has your institution ever hosted a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics? If yes, which year?

Yes. We hosted in 2018.

Has your institution ever hosted an APS Climate Site Visit for Women and Minorities in Physics?

No

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

From its very first graduating class, women have played a key role at the University of Kansas. The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a stimulating research environment with programs in a wide variety of areas, including astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmology, high energy experimental physics, high-energy theory, space physics, and nuclear physics. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is among the top in the nation for the number and percentage of women faculty. Presently, the department boasts two University Distinguished Professors who are women. One woman graduate student has been awarded the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship, providing for four years of support during her Ph.D. studies (https://selfgraduate.ku.edu/). Additionally, each semester, the women faculty and staff host a lunch to bring together women postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate students to foster fellowship and networking across the department's many disciplines.
To further our efforts on behalf of women, the department was honored to host a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in January, 2018. In addition, our department is in the process of finalizing the application to become a Bridge Program Partner Institution.
The work of the department is done on the very attractive KU campus located at the center of Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence is a progressive town with excellent schools, good health care providers, and a large range of cultural and recreational activities.

Please include the name of faculty or staff member and an email they can be reached at for further questions.

Kristin Rennells - tatekris@ku.edu

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