Program Details

Case Western Reserve University

Updated: June 28, 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.

Graduate students are entitled to paid parental leave for the adoption or birth of a child. The primary caregiver is entitled to 6 weeks leave and the other parent or domestic partner is entitled to 3 weeks leave. When both parents are supported graduate students, the leave may be used consecutively, or together. When used consecutively, both parents may be designated as the primary caregiver.

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

Dependent health insurance is available through the university. It is not included in the stipend. However, the university's dependent health insurance is expensive, and less expensive alternatives may be available.

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

Yes, formed by students this year. They do not yet have a website.

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?

WiSER (Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable).

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

Yes, in 2011.

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.

Students interested in graduate research in condensed matter physics, optics, materials physics, cosmology, particle-astrophysics, biophysics or medical imaging will find exciting research programs in those areas, in a mid-size department in which faculty work closely with students. The Physics Graduate Student Association, the Graduate Student Council, and the Women in Doctoral Studies group all foster a sense of community, provide resources for professional development, and address gender-related issues. The College of Arts and Sciences sponsors an international conference travel fellowship specifically for women. The Physics Department supports undergraduate travel to the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. We are the home of the Physics GRE Flash Cards, which we have made available since 2011, at no cost, to interested students everywhere.

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

Corbin Covault, co-chair, Department of Physics

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