Program Details

West Virginia University

Updated: December 13, 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.

Funded graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy may, on occasion, require an alternate workload assignment for the birth/adoption of a child, a personal, serious health condition,or to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition. In these rare circumstances,every effort should be made to protect the annualized lecturer's or funded graduate student's stipend and appointment. The alternate workload policy applies to full-time, enrolled graduate teaching assistants who are in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward completion of their degree. An eligible funded graduate student granted an alternate workload assignment receives 100 percent of his/her stipend and other benefits associated with the appointment for up to six weeks or until the last day of the appointment, whichever comes first.

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

Yes. It is part of the stipend and families can be added at additional cost.

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


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

Yes. They do not have a web site.

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

WVU SPS (Society of Physics Students)

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

No, but we hosted a conference for undergraduate women in astronomy: We applied to host CUWiP in 2021.

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.

At West Virginia University, the mentoring of graduate students (female and male) goes beyond the typical faculty-student interaction that occurs at most universities. Because we are a modest sized department, the faculty work closely with the students and take an active role in promoting their careers during and after their graduate research. Our female faculty play critical roles within the department and the respect accorded to them by the rest of the faculty serves as a good model for the student population. We seek the very best faculty and students that we can recruit to WVU, demand outstanding teaching and research from the faculty, and strive to reward faculty and student success independently of gender, ethnic origin, or race. WVU is an APS Bridge Member Institution and we have applied for Partnership status. This means we are actively working to improve diversity in the physics community and have committed to providing both peer and faculty mentoring (beyond their research groups) to all students in future years as we strive to foster a supportive environment for all students. Further, to help increase awareness of diversity issues, and make the department more supportive of under-represented groups, we have an active Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Committee that provides training for members of the department, runs a DEI Journal Club, and serves as a resource for all students on these issues. Students interested in WVU would be best served by looking at our track record in training and then placing graduate students (both male and female) into good, post-graduate positions.

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

Viola Bryant

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