Program Details

University of Virginia

Updated: April 17, 2017

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

30 male/4 female

How many graduate students-- male/female?

79 male/18 female

How many post doctoral associates - male/female?

12 male/2 female

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

There is no formal policy, however, we work with the students individually to adjust work assignments to accommodate maternity or family leave needs.

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

Yes, family health insurance is available. The insurance is paid for the student and is not part of the stipend. Additional family membership or dental insurance is paid by the student.

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

Physics is one of the least diverse of the scientific fields. The Physics Department at the University of Virginia is committed to increasing diversity across the board, from undergraduate students to faculty. Yet increasing the number of underrepresented students, and in particular of female students, is only part of the story. First and foremost, we strive to provide a welcoming environment where everyone can feel at home, as such an environment is the key to success in a rigorous physics program. As an example, we provide "women in physics" luncheons regularly during the semester as a networking opportunity for every female member of the department, from undergraduate prospective majors, majors, graduate students, and postdocs, to faculty. At these events, we discuss the issues one might face being a woman in this field, not only explicit biases, but also implicit ones, and the challenges that many of us face such as how to balance work/study and family duties. We will also host the upcoming 2018 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at the University of Virginia. Finally, many of our faculty make outreach visits to local public schools regularly to encourage young females to pursue a math and physics-oriented career path.

Women in STEM are and may remain a minority for the next few years, but that should not stop our female members from pursuing the career path they love, physics, and feeling empowered by such a pursuit.

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


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