Program Details

Brown University (Department of Physics)

Updated: September 19, 2018

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty


Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions


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


Total number of graduate students


Number of women graduate students


[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students


Total number of post doctoral associates


Number of women post doctoral associates


[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates


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

Please see the following Graduate School website for a description of Brown University's Family Leave Policy:

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

Yes. Students' dependents may be enrolled in SHIP at an additional cost. Eligible dependents include a legal spouse or domestic partner, children up to the age of 26, or a newborn infant born while the student is covered by SHIP. A spouse or partner is generally expected to be living with the covered student in order to be eligible for coverage. Students who receive health coverage through their financial support packages from the University will need to cover the cost of adding dependents to the plan. Additional information can be found at:

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

WiSE - (Women in Science and Engineering) provides a variety of academic and social activities to aid the academic and professional development of all its members. The group is for all undergraduates, graduate students (GWiSE) and postdocs and faculty are also invited to events.

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

The Physics graduate students recently organized a group (PhOrg) to foster a strong sense of community support among graduate students in Physics. And to provide resources for career and student development within the department.

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Information Unavailable

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

Information Unavailable

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


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

At the Brown Physics department, we are committed to increasing the representation of women and all historically underrepresented groups in Physics. Each department at Brown has a Departmental Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DDIAP), and our committee meets regularly to strategize, discuss and plan events that foster inclusion for all, in the department. Brown Physics has seen significant growth in female graduate students in the last few years - in AY18-19 the entering PhD cohort was 39% female, our highest percentage to date. The DDIAP committee, the admissions committee, and the faculty actively seek to encourage all talented female students to consider Brown. Interacting with the students and serving as role-models, our female faculty represent every sub-discipline of physics researched at Brown. The department's WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) creates a community for women in the sciences and connects female students to Brown science faculty as well as supports women in their pursuit of their careers in science.

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

Mary Ellen Woycik - Student Affairs and Programs Manager

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