Program Details

University of Washington (Physics)

Updated: October 04, 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.

For eligible TA/RA/SA see for specifics.

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

Family may enroll for the graduate student insurance plan (GAIP). The student premiums are covered in full by the University if they are an eligible TA/RA/SA's. Eligible dependents (spouse, same sex domestic partner, and children) have their premiums partially covered by the University. (see

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

Physicists for Inclusion & Equity

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

PGSC (Physics Graduate Student Council)

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Directed Reading in Physics, UWDRiP

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

yes in 2012 and 2019

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

yes in 2019

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

The University of Washington Department of Physics graduate program provides wide ranging opportunities in both experiment and theory. Particular strengths include a strong combined experimental and theoretical effort in quantum matter, with special expertise in 2-dimensional materials and development of model qubits, a broad experimental program in fundamental symmetries and particles, including searches for dark matter as well as strong ties to CERN, and a long-standing program in physics education research. The department has strong overlap with the Institute for Nuclear Theory and UW's Department of Astronomy, with whom it shares a building. The department maintains strong interdisciplinary efforts across campus, including several faculty with joint appointments in engineering as well as adjunct faculty in related departments who supervise physics doctoral students. The department provides a well-established mentoring program for first-year students and an active physics graduate student council and career development organization.

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

prof Marjorie Olmstead (
prof. Marcel den Nijs (

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