Program Details

University of Pittsburgh

Updated: September 25, 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.

Yes. Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Guidelines

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

Currently the University provides individual health insurance to graduate students with eligible academic appointments. It is not included in the stipend for TAs/TFs/GSAs/GSRs. Fellows are eligible to enroll and their stipends are typically increased to cover the cost of individual coverage, it is then deducted from their stipend. For both groups, dental and vision coverage is available for a modest deduction.

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

Not at the present time.

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

Yes, APAGS (Association of Physics and Astronomy Graduate Students.

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Graduate & Professional Student Government (GPSG)
WISE Women in Science and Engineering

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.

Female graduate students have found our department to be an egalitarian, open environment for studying physics. Living in Pittsburgh is highly affordable, with excellent public and University transit systems (free for students) and a wide variety of cultural opportunities (music, theatre, museums, etc.) The University of Pittsburgh Department of Physics and Astronomy has long been at the forefront in the participation of women in science; Professor Emeritus Elizabeth U. Baranger was co-founder (with Vera Kistiakowsky) of Women in Science and Engineering. The Department and the University have a variety of fellowship programs targeted towards female students in science, including the Mary E. Warga Predoctoral Fellowship, the Elizabeth U. Baranger Predoctoral Fellowship, The Marna Whittington Predoctoral Fellowship and the Provost's Development Fund. More information on related activities at Pitt is available at the website of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns,

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

Dr. Arthur Kosowsky - Chair
Dr. Andrew Zentner - Director of Graduate Studies
Ms. Leyla Hirschfeld - Graduate Administrator

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