Program Details

University of California, Davis

Updated: September 14, 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.

Students can take a PELP (Planned Educational Leave Program) for up to one year for family issues. Graduate students employed as teaching assistants are eligible for up to four weeks of paid leave for childbirth (females), while birth fathers and adoptive parents may take up to two weeks of paid leave. Graduate students employed as researchers are not covered by the policy but can often make leave arrangements with their advisers.

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

Graduate students may include dependents on the group health insurance plan. There is an option for medical coverage only, or for dental and vision coverage as well. The student must pay an additional premium of about $6000 per year for an entire family, or $3000 per year to cover either a spouse or children.

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

Not by that name. Our former women's group broadened into Diversity and Inclusion in Physics.

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


What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

We have a Diversity and Inclusion in Physics group:

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

We are hosting CUWiP in January 2019.

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

Yes, in 2016.

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

UC Davis Physics values its reputation for faculty accessibility. We provide for our students, both undergraduate and graduate, the opportunity for close faculty interaction and mentoring while doing top-notch research. Students have access both to on-campus facilities and to off-campus sites including CERN, Lawrence Livermore Labs, the National Observatories at Kitt Peak and Cerro Tololo, Chile, and the Keck Telescope in Hawaii. With established opportunities for interdisciplinary research across the sciences, the environment and curriculum are well-suited for either men or women interested in pursuing physics or applied physics studies. Several university programs contribute to our female-friendly environment. Our nationally recognized Breast-Feeding Support Program and a Child Care Support Program assist graduate students with the costs and logistics of raising children, and the Partner Opportunity Program plays an important role in our successful hiring of female faculty. In part because of the large fraction of women faculty, at least one women has been department chair or a vice chair continuously since 2003.

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

Rena Zieve,

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