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Updated: September 20, 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.
Not specifically. Students may apply for on-leave status per quarter basis. (see http://www.grad.washington.edu/Acad/gsmemos/gsmemo09.htm for on-leave details).
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 or fellow/trainee. Eligible dependents (spouse, same sex domestic partner, and children) have their premiums partially covered by the University. (see http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/benefits/insure/gaip/index.html for more GAIP information).
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.
What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?
Has your institution ever hosted a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics? If yes, which year?
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.
The UW Astronomy department has a strong commitment to diversity of all kinds, including providing a supportive atmosphere for female astronomers. Our female faculty members conduct cutting-edge research and win national grants while serving as role models and mentors to graduate students, who in turn mentor undergraduates through programs such as Pre-MAP (http://www.astro/washington.edu/premap). UWAWA (UW Association of Women in Astronomy), in which women in the department have potluck dinners about once a quarter, has been a tradition for many years and is now threatening to outgrow our dining rooms. Our latest group of entering graduate students consisted of 3 men and 2 women, indicating both that the admissions process does an excellent job of identifying talented female astronomers and that our department comes across as an appealing place for female graduate students. The faculty care about implementing policies that promote the general happiness of all graduate students,
and they generally solicit grad student input for major decisions. The UW as a whole is committed to advancing women in sciences through programs like ADVANCE (http://www.engr.washington.edu/advance/), WISE (http://www.engr.washington.edu/wise/) and the faculty/graduate student mentoring program (http://www.engr.washington.edu/cwd/CWDMentoringFacGrad.html). See our department's page on diversity (http://www.astro.washington.edu/diversity.html) for more information.
Please include the name of faculty or staff member and an email they can be reached at for further questions.