Program Details

Florida State University and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Updated: October 29, 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.

Our department works with individual students on a case by case basis to provide paid leave for extended periods.

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

All graduate students must show proof of health insurance. If they purchase the university health insurance (and are on an assistantship), they are eligible to receive a health insurance subsidy. Family coverage is available through the university.

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

The MagLab has a women faculty group that meets during the year. That group is chaired by Drs. Laura Greene, Amy McKenna, and Dragana Popovic

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

The FSU Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is very active

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Black Graduate Student Association:
DreamOn at Florida State University, group for students from all disciplines. DreamOn aims to address the gender bias in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields:
Florida - Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation:
Graduate Women in Science:
Hispanic Graduate Student Association:
Physics Graduate Student Association:

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

Yes. 2014

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

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory hosted a site visit in November 2013.

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

Our department hosts active experimental and theoretical research programs with strengths in nuclear, high energy, condensed matter, and astrophysics giving all students a broad range of research environments to choose from. Graduate students are individually mentored by an academic adviser who helps them get adjusted to graduate life followed by a research adviser who helps them through their graduate research career. The Graduate Office staff and faculty Graduate Committee are proactive and carefully monitor the needs and progress of students, in close coordination with the mentors and advisers. A Physics faculty member, Susan Blessing, directs the Women in Math, Science & Engineering (WIMSE) program ( for undergraduate students. Female graduate students carrying out their research with Physics faculty at the National High Magnetic Field Lab are actively involved in outreach and diversity related programs ( Florida State University also offers a special graduate fellowship to women in physics.

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

Susan Blessing

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