Program Details

University of Colorado, Boulder

Updated: May 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.

There is a university-wide parental leave policy for grad students that is described at:

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

The university pays 70% of the premiums for graduate students health benefits for all graduate students on teaching or research assistantship appointments.

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

Yes. Here is the link:

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?

CU-Prime is a student-led, diversity-focused, and community-oriented organization in the Physics Department, with the goal of improving the culture of physics at CU Boulder through equity and inclusion, allyship, and education. Here is the link:

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

Yes. The Department of Physics at CU-Boulder hosted a conference from Jan 13-15, 2017.

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

Yes, CU-Boulder Physics hosted a visit in 1997.

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

It is our goal to recruit and retain students from all backgrounds, and to provide a positive and supportive environment with good communication between faculty and students. We admit only those students who we are confident from experience can succeed in our program. We make every effort to see that all students succeed in their career goals. We offer programs designed to motivate and ensure a sense of community in our department. These include a flexible graduate curriculum with many course and program
options, attention to students, sensitivity to the need for role models and a critical mass of underrepresented groups, clear advising, as well as picnics, coffees, FACs, and other social events designed to create a good work environment for everyone.
Nine of our 54 tenure-track faculty are women, four full professors, three associate professors, and two assistant professors. Three of our fifteen research faculty members are women. Forty-five of our 264 graduate students are women, including 8 of our 52 first-year students. The women faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are fully integrated and influential in the department. The department has not only been successful internally, but has been a campus leader to address issues important to women faculty and students.
At present, 100% of our Ph.D. students are supported by teaching and research assistantships.

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

Prof. Patricia Rankin

Back to list of institutions