Program Details

Purdue University

Updated: October 10, 2018

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 staff are eligible for three working days per fiscal year paid leave for immediate family illness. "Immediate family" is defined as spouse, parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, and corresponding in-laws and steprelatives. Family members not included here, but who reside in the employee's home, are considered immediate family.

The “Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993” provides provision for time off for an employee’s own serious health condition, to take care of a family member with a serious health condition, to give birth, to adopt, or to place a child in the employee’s home for foster care. In order to be eligible for leave, under the FMLA, graduate staff must have been employed at Purdue for 12 months,
consecutive or nonconsecutive, and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months preceding the date leave commences. FMLA states that up to 12 work-weeks of leave per year are
available. If the leave is taken for an employee’s own serious health condition or a family member’s serious health condition, and the employee has accrued unused paid sick leave and qualifies for paid sick leave, the employee must use the paid sick leave during the FMLA leave.

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


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

Yes -

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

Yes -

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Women in Science Program -

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

Yes - 2015, 2011

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

Information Unavailable

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

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue works hard to provide an environment comfortable for female students within our department and program of study. First, the department currently has 8 female faculty members (14%) who are very engaged with female students in the department. Second, through most of the last ten years, the Department has made special efforts to recruit women into its graduate program. We currently offer a Special Initiative Fellowship for incoming female students each year. Third, there is an active Women in Physics program in the department to provide a strong mentoring and social component for female students, faculty and staff. Female graduate students, postdocs, and faculty meet monthly over dinner to discuss current topics ranging from strategies for job seeking and conflicting roles women face between their research and their families to personal safety issues and opening lines of communication between men and women. Finally, the College of Science at Purdue University maintains a Graduate Mentoring Program through its Women in Science Programs (WISP). The Graduate Mentoring Program is a series of dinner meetings that feature a speaker in a relevant field, allows busy, dedicated scientists to share their experiences with one another at a convenient time. These meetings are invaluable in that they provide contact with role models, who are successful women in science, to the students in science. In addition, these meetings provide an opportunity to increase informal networking between faculty members and graduate students.

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

Bill Fornes, Assistant Head,

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