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Diversity in our department

Prof. Carmen Almasan   Prof. Mina Katramatou   Prof. Elizabeth Mann   Prof. Almut Schroeder

We are proud of the several statistical measures (detailed below) that illustrate how our department offers a welcoming and nurturing environment for both women and minorities.

Out of a total of 19 regular tenured/tenure-track physics faculty members on the Kent campus, we have four women professors (all tenured) — a 21% level of representation.
While the graph opposite (from the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics) illustrates that about 10% of US PhD-granting departments (21 institutions) have four or more women on their faculty, most of these departments are much larger than ours. Based on AY 04/05 listings of regular faculty at these 21 universities, it is found that only four other physics departments have women represented at close to the 20% level.

Furthermore, ours is one of only ten physics departments in the United States where AIP reports that 25% or more of the PhD recipients during 1999-2003 were women.

We are the # 6 physics department nationwide in terms of our total number of African-American PhD graduates, based on data collected by the National Science Foundation over the period 1973 - 1999. The top 5, in rank order, are Stanford, Howard, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Alabama A&M. Again, we are much smaller than Stanford, MIT and Berkeley, so a ranking based on minority PhDs per faculty would likely move us even higher.
Winter Break: Dec 08 / Jan 09: There is now an update of our ranking for African-American PhD graduates.

Congratulations to our PhD Physics Alumnus Prof. Joe Whitehead

 
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