Program Details

University of California, Santa Cruz

Updated: October 10, 2018

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

24

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

3

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

13%

Total number of graduate students

75

Number of women graduate students

8

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

11%

Total number of post doctoral associates

20

Number of women post doctoral associates

5

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

25%

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

The graduate division approves unpaid Leaves of Absence. Leaves of Absence will be granted for sound educational purposes, health reasons, financial problems, and family responsibilities. Consistent with the TA union contract, paid leave is provided in many different instances including military leave, medical leave, family leave, jury duty, maternity leave, and bereavement leave.

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

Graduate Student Health Insurance is provided by the department. Family/spouse/dependent health insurance is available, but is not covered by the department; it must be purchased through the student health center.

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

Yes

https://ucscwomeninphysics.wixsite.com/ucscwipa

Contact Carolyn Gee, cagee@ucsc.edu

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

Yes. Website below. Contact student: Katie Hellier, khellier@ucsc.edu

https://www.physics.ucsc.edu/academic-programs/grads/grad-student-life/gedi-council.html

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Women in Science and Engineering
https://graddiv.ucsc.edu/current-students/underrepresented-students/wise.html
STEM Diversity Programs
http://stemdiv.ucsc.edu/

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

Yes. 2010, 2013

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

Will host Nov., 2018

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

The Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has a long history of successfully mentoring female students. We foster and achieve excellence in a non-competitive environment. Our female students have gone on to highly successful careers including positions in academia, industry, and data science. Our Committee on Diversity and Climate meets weekly and includes both graduate and undergraduate student representatives. Graduate students also have a voice in the department through the Graduate Experience Development initiative (GEDi) Council. Our department hosts a Women in Physics club for both graduate and undergraduate students, a mentoring program, and regular coffee chats with female colloquium speakers. Broader UCSC campus resources include an active Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) group and a STEM Career-Life Balance Resource Center. Our Physics faculty and students have organized two Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in 2010 and 2015.

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

Professor Tesla Jeltema, tesla@ucsc.edu

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