Program Details

Yale University (Physics and Applied Physics Departments)

Updated: August 28, 2012

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

Physics: 30 male 5 female
Applied Physics: 10 male 1 female

How many graduate students-- male/female?

Physics: 90 male 18 female
Applied Physics: 14 male 6 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

Physics: 37 male 9 female

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

Yes. Graduate students may take a leave of absence for parental responsibility for reasons of pregnancy, maternity care, or paternity care. For many students, short-term arrangements, rather than a full leave of absence, are possible if desired. Eligible PhD students can apply for and will receive a Health Award from the Graduate School to cover the cost of the Student Affiliate Coverage Plan for the remainder of the term in which the leave is started. Additional options are described in the Bulletin of the Graduate School.

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

Yes. For single students, standard health insurance is paid by the Graduate School. For couples and families, 50% of the health insurance cost is paid by the Graduate School. The other 50% is paid by the student. Full details about the Yale Health Plan can be found at:

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

The Yale University departments of Physics and Applied Physics provide a welcoming and collegial atmosphere for all students. Our faculty take their teaching and research guidance responsibilities seriously and we have a good track record for entering students successfully completing their degrees. A number of opportunities for both mentoring and being mentored exist within the departments and on campus. For further information about our graduate programs, please see our web pages
and feel free to contact the Director of Graduate Studies ( who will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with some of our women graduate students.

Our current Chair of the Physics Department is Meg Urry, who has been very active on the topic of Women in Physics.

Women students may be interested to learn more about:

Women In Science At Yale (WISAY) is a group of over two-hundred graduate students and post doctoral fellows who are interested in issues that pertain to women in science. WISAY creates a campus-wide network of scientists across many scientific disciplines and provides the opportunity for Yale scientists to meet with leading women scientists from Yale and around the country. Our goals as an organization include:
* Networking with premiere women scientists through seminars and discussions
* Mentoring Yale undergraduates who are interested in science
* Supporting each other by sharing our own experiences and ideas

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


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