Program Details

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Updated: October 10, 2018

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

16

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

4

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

25%

Total number of graduate students

39

Number of women graduate students

4

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

10%

Total number of post doctoral associates

8

Number of women post doctoral associates

0

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

0%

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

There is personal leave/leave of absence which doesn't stop the clock with regards to years to finish their degree but under this there are exceptions: maternity, miltary and medical which will stop the clock.

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

There is family health insurance available. There are no fees included in stipend.

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

Yes, https://science.rpi.edu/physics/women-in-physics

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

Not currently. However, the School of Science has a Graduate Student Council, no link is available.

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

The Institute has a number of student groups. Please see: https://union.rpi.edu/clubs.

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

No.

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.

Our department provides an excellent environment to pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics or Multidisciplinary Science. Our diverse faculty, assisted by our friendly and knowledgeable administrative staff, work hard every day to see our graduate students succeed. We take pride in the academic and professional accomplishments of our students and alumni.

The department performs cutting edge research in astronomy, dark matter, particle & fields, condensed matter and optics employing a wide-range of state-of-the-art experimental, theoretical and computational research methods. Our graduates pursue satisfying careers in academia, industrial research & development, sales, consulting and the public sector.

Our department stands out among Physics departments in the U.S. because of its large number of women physics faculty. Consequently, our students meet a broad range of role models.

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

Joan Perras, perraj@rpi.edu

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