Program Details

Georgetown University

Updated: September 14, 2019

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.

Yes, there is a parental leave of absence policy:

The Graduate School offers support for graduate students who need to take leave in connection with the birth of and/or full time care of a new child during their period of enrollment. The goal in offering this support is to allow graduate students to continue their studies with as little disruption as possible. Parental leave is intended to enable the graduate student to continue to make progress toward his or her degree. Consequently it does not grant additional semesters of funding, although under certain circumstances funding may be deferred. Nor does it change the length of time permitted to complete degree requirements and to graduate. This policy requires communication and cooperation in good faith between the student seeking the leave, the faculty, and the student's department.

There is fairly extensive description of the terms of the policy available on the Graduate School website.

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

Yes, there is family health insurance available. It is not included in the stipend - the graduate school covers the cost of the students indivudal insurance, any additional supplemental coverage must be covered by the students.

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

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

Yes, there are Graduate School Student Groups ( and a Graduate Student Government ( )

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Georgetown Women in Science and Education

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


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.

The mission of the Department of Physics of Georgetown University is the effective delivery of a rigorous physics curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and the performance of cutting edge research, with a particular emphasis on close student mentorship. This mentorship is facilitated by a relatively small faculty/student ratio (approximately one senior undergraduate and two graduate students per faculty member) and a Department culture that emphasizes faculty attention to the development of research skills and outlook at all levels. We are a relatively small faculty but with an unusually high fraction of female faculty (4 of 13 Tenure-line faculty), which we believe has been important in the recruitment and retention of an above-average number of female undergraduate and graduate students over the past decade.

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

Department Chair Jeff Urbach,
Director of Graduate Studies Dan Blair,

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