Vital Info For Women & Under-Represented Graduate Students
Written by JoAnn Moody, PhD.,J.D.
This bulletin presents several strategies that have proven effective in reducing stress and isolation and increasing personal satisfaction with graduate study. Please ask Kim in the main office for a copy.
Sample UCONN LaTeX Thesis and Prospectus files
Past UCONN Prelim Exams (sans solutions)
|Scholarships & Awards
Women in Physics APS Scholarships
Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Educational Awards
UCONN 100 Years of Women Scholarship
|Infant/Toddler Child Care Facilities
Community Children’s Center (CCC)
Very flexible schedule, they accept everything from 3 slots (e.g. 2 mornings, 1 afternoon) to full time. 797 Mansfield City Road in Storrs, CT 06268 phone:(860)456-7171, website link University of Connecticut Child Development Laboratories (Child Labs)
Child Labs is located on the UCONN campus. Closed during the Summer and Winter breaks. Regular hours are 7:30am – 5:15pm. website link
|Childbirth Policies at Various Universities
Family Medical and Leave Act The University of Connecticut has a set of guidelines written by the Graduate School for a case-by-case family leave accommodation. Below are links to the policies for other universities across the country.
Length of Leave: Up to 8 weeks, duration to be determined in consultation with the advisor and DGS.
Financial Terms: Fellowship stipend or TA stipend continues and is funded by the Graduate School. For TAs, the Graduate School will aid in funding replacement teaching, if necessary.
Length of leave: 12 weeks paid maternity or paternity leave.
Funding: The Graduate Studies Office provides 6 weeks of support & the student’s department provides 6 weeks of support. If the department is unable to provide the matching funds, the GSO provides all 12 weeks of support. If both parents are graduate students, they split the support. During this period of accomodation, the student continues to be enrolled and receives full stipend support and health benefits. In addition, a one-term extension will be gratned to complete their degree. university link
Length of leave: Up to six-weeks of paid Family & Medical Leave. The College Graduate Student Leave of Absence may provide up to two years of relief from coursework and degree milestones.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Length of leave: A student may choose a leave period of one month, one and a half months, or two months. The length of the accommodation period will normally be decided in consultation with the Dean for Graduate Education. The MIT Physics Department funds a third month of paid maternity leave for female physics graduate students, an extension of the two months of childbirth accommodation provided for female graduate students Institute-wide (see below).
Funding: Students supported by an RA or TA appointment will receive a stipend that is paid from the MIT Childbirth Accommodation Fund. Students who are not supported by RA or TA assignments, for example students on a fellowship, may petition to take advantage of a Childbirth Accommodation period, but are not entitled to tuition or stipend funding from the Childbirth Accommodation Fund. Funding to support these leaves will be funded through a combination of funding from the Department and Dean for the School of Science.
Length of leave: Six-weeks of paid leave.
Funding: Students receiving a financial accommodation must maintain their regular coursework and/or research registrations during this period. The funding source for the student’s aid at the time of childbirth (University, foundation, governmental) will be responsible to fund the student during the 6-week accommodation period. university link
Length of leave: For graduate students who give birth, 12 weeks of maternity leave are provided during which the birth mother continues to receive financial support, and teaching and other academic obligations are suspended. They also provide relief to graduate degree candidates faced with the additional time demands of being the primary caregiver for an infant during that critical first year of life.
This program also provides taxable grants, based on total, annual household income, to eligible graduate degree candidates with pre-kindergarten children to help them meet the cost of child care. The grants are portable and can be used to pay for a wide range of possible arrangements from in-home care to licensed day care centers. The maximum grant for one eligible child is $5,000; an additional grant of up to $5000 is available for a second eligible child. To be eligible, the full-time student may be unmarried or may have a spouse or partner who is employed at least 50% time, is a full-time student matriculated in a degree or certificate program, or is eligible for and seeking at least 50% employment.
Texas A&M University
Length of Leave : 6 weeks paid with “modified RA/TA duties”, plus additional academic milestone extensions.
University of California System
University of Minnesota
Length of leave: Females: up to six weeks leave with pay related to the birth of a child and up to two weeks paid leave related to the adoption of a child. Males: up to two weeks leave with pay related to the birth or adoption of a child. Parental leave provisions as provided under this policy are applicable to registered same-sex domestic partner relationships.
University of Wisconsin – Madison