Program Details

University of California, Merced

Updated: July 05, 2020

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.

UC Merced complies with the UC established policies to provide and promote a supportive workplace culture for family and medical leave accommodations (including maternity and disability) for our graduate students. UC Merced also offers a number of accommodations for graduate students with families including child care reimbursements and on-campus child care.

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

Yes. Students are able to purchase low cost dependent plans as add-ons.

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

Yes, we have an APS funded Women In Physics group

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?

Women in STEM,

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

We are hosting CuWIP 2022.

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.

UC Merced is a minority-serving institution where the majority of students are Hispanic. Our department makes strong efforts to recruit from a diverse pool of applicants via events like the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference and the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), and our involvement in the Cal-Bridge North program with the California State University system. Incoming students needing extra support can participate in the Graduate Division's Summer Bridge program. We have a particularly high proportion of female faculty and graduate students, who participate in the Women in STEM group on campus. Physics leads or participates in several federally funded centers to promote education, research, and training for underrepresented minorities: the Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (NSF), the Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (NASA), an NSF Research Traineeship program in Interdisciplinary Computational Graduate Education, and the Consortium for High-Energy Density Science (NNSA).

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

Ajay Gopinathan ( or
Mariah Gonsalez (

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