Program Details

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Astronomy)

Updated: October 14, 2019

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

11

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

1

[Calculated] Percentage of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

9%

Total number of graduate students

28

Number of women graduate students

13

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

46%

Total number of post doctoral associates

2

Number of women post doctoral associates

2

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

100%

Is there a family leave policy for graduate students? If so, describe.

Yes. Eligible assistants (i.e., assistants holding an appointment at the time parental leave is taken) are entitled to up to six (6) weeks of parental accommodation immediately following the birth of a child or upon either the initial placement or the legal adoption of a child under 18 years of age. The parental accommodation period may be comprised of a two-week paid Parental Leave, use of paid sick leave (13 days for each appointment year), and a personal unpaid leave of absence to make up the balance of the six weeks.

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

Health, dental, and vision insurance are available for graduate students and their dependents. For students with tuition waiver-generating assistantships or fellowships, most of the cost of the health insurance and all of the cost of the dental and vision insurance for the graduate student are covered. Graduate students may also voluntarily enroll dependents (spouse/domestic partner/child) for coverage.

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

In the University of Illinois Physics Department: https://physics.illinois.edu/people/diversity_equity_inclusion_women

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

In the University of Illinois Physics Department: http://uiucpgsa.blogspot.com/

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

The Society for Equity in Astronomy (SEA) strives to promote equity and inclusion locally in Astronomy and related fields. https://publish.illinois.edu/womeninastro/

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

Yes, in 2012.

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

Yes, in 1992.

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

The Astronomy Department at Illinois, in collaboration with the Physics Department, offers graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics strong training in a wide range of areas related to science and engineering. Students also have ready access to observing and computing facilities for their dissertation research, and are guided by distinguished faculty. We have strong institutional support for female students and other underrepresented groups, including fellowship support from the Graduate College. We have an active community that encourages diversity, through our supportive faculty and the Society for Equity in Astronomy.

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

Tony Wong, Chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee, grad-admissions@lists.astro.illinois.edu

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