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Oregon State University

Updated: October 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.

All eligible Graduate Assistants on a current assistantship may take up to 12 weeks of a continuous block of leave from their appointment as parental leave or (if they have been Assistants for the previous year) to care for their own serious health condition or that of a family member. OSU will continue to pay for their health insurance during this leave period at the same level it would pay as if they had not taken leave.

For parental leave, Graduate Assistants may take advantage of this leave policy once per new child. For all other leave due to a serious health condition of the eligible Graduate Assistant or his/her family member, only one leave may be granted during their tenure at OSU.

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

Under a collective bargaining agreement with OSU, graduate student employees have access to an individual health insurance plan. They receive 89% of the cost of the plan in addition to their stipend. The current value is about $745 per term. Family members may be enrolled in the plan; students are responsible for the small additional cost. (

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

Physicists for Inclusion in Science grew out of the "Women in Physics" group, We support members of underrepresented groups as they pursue their careers. The group meets weekly for discussion and to organize events and activities. The group consists of students, faculty and staff in the Physics department, alumni, and other physicists on campus or in the community.

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?

OSU Chemistry,
OSU Engineering,

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

Yes, in 2016.

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.

Our department welcomes all students to an exciting research environment that provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and professional development as you begin your career in science. The department is collegial and small enough that your talents, ambitions, and special circumstances can be individually nurtured. We offer graduate research and teaching assistantships; our graduates do cutting-edge research and have found positions in excellent research groups and in competitive industry positions. Our teaching program is vibrant and innovative, providing plenty of opportunity to develop your physics knowledge and deepen your understanding of pedagogy. Our department is young and energetic - half of our tenured/tenure track faculty members were hired within the last 10 years. We have 5 women faculty members, including the department head, and almost one quarter of the graduate students are female. Students come from many different parts of the U.S., and about 20-25% are foreign. It's a nice mix of people and cultures. It is not uncommon for graduate students to be parents; men and women alike juggle family responsibilities with their careers. You'll find our department supportive if this is your situation. We have a Physicists for Inclusion in Science group that meets weekly, and it's connected to other Women in Science groups around campus. Corvallis is a safe, environmentally-conscious town that lies in the middle of the beautiful Willamette Valley. It’s an easy drive to the ocean and the mountains, and there is lots to do locally.

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

Kelly Carter,

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