Program Details

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Updated: September 30, 2020

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. Eligible assistants (i.e., assistants holding an appointment at the time parental leave is taken) are entitled to up to six (6) weeks of parental accommodation immediately following the birth of a child or upon either the initial placement or the legal adoption of a child under 18 years of age. The parental accommodation period may be comprised of a two-week paid Parental Leave, use of paid sick leave (13 days for each appointment year), and a personal unpaid leave of absence to make up the balance of the six weeks.

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

Yes, health insurance is provided. It is not included in the stipend, but the health insurance fee is covered by either the teaching or research assistantship that supports the student.

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

Yes. Website:

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

Yes. Website:

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

We have several other groups: (1) Illinois-GPS: a graduate student mentoring group for undergraduates (; (2) Illinois-GPM; a graduate student peer mentoring group for 1st-year grad students; (3) Illinois Physics Graduate Student Diversity Committee

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

Yes, in 2012.

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 University of Illinois Dept. of Physics has excellent research programs in a wide range of areas (see, and we are a highly collegial and interactive department that provides an outstanding environment for academic study and world-class research. We have strong institutional support for female students and other underrepresented groups, including fellowship support from the College of Engineering, involved faculty, and active Women in Physics and Physics Graduate Student Association ( support groups. In addition to our excellent research programs, we place a strong emphasis on innovative graduate and undergraduate teaching ( Consequently, Illinois provides an outstanding training ground for graduate teaching assistants to learn advanced physics teaching methods.

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

Lance Cooper, Associate Head for Graduate Programs;

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