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University of Tennessee

Updated: September 17, 2019

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

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Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

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Total number of graduate students

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Number of women graduate students

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[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

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Total number of post doctoral associates

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Number of women post doctoral associates

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

Not per say, but there is a minimum of 1 year and/or a minimum of 1250 hours on a job. This would qualify you for family medical leave.

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

Yes, there is an option of family health insurance. It is NOT included in the graduate student stipend. Insurance is paid only for the graduate student. Graduate students can purchase family insurance at an additional cost.

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

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

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What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

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

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

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

A prospective physics student interested in a female-friendly physics department should choose UT because it is a department where the female students are and feel treated with respect and consideration by the faculty and by fellow students. Approximately thirty percent of our undergraduate students and 20% of our graduate students are female. The department currently has four female professors and efforts towards increasing female faculty are being made. Activities to encourage female interaction, such as faculty/students luncheons, are sponsored by the department and weekly pre-colloquium coffees allow for the interaction of students with faculty. Picnics and get togethers to enjoy the beauty of the nearby Smoky Mountains are also routinely organized. In addition, we provide a strong program with many research opportunities in Condensed Matter, High Energy, Nuclear, Atomic Physics, Astrophysics, Biophysics and Computational Physics not only on campus but also at Oak Ridge National Lab. In short, our department offers a supportive environment to female students as well as a strong scientific program and beautiful surroundings.

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

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