The following guides offer interesting perspectives on time management, coping skills and other issues of relevance to the academic life.
How to Be a Good Graduate Student: A useful guide with "informal" advice on how to succeed in graduate school
American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy: Advice Page and Resources Page. They also have a great mailing list on their homepage with weekly emails about issues of women in astronomy (but most applies to physics as well).
Reducing Stereotype Threat - A website with 300+ peer-reviewed articles about stereotype threat (the phenomenon in which members of a stereotyped group under-perform when reminded of their group status, for fear of confirming the stereotype) and ways to reduce this phenomenon
STEM Opportunities for women and minorities
Princeton Women in Science Colloquium (WISC): A campus organization that meets for monthly dinners with senior women scientists at Princeton. Though the group is primarily aimed at fostering open and safe discussion among women scientists and students interested in science, men are also welcome.
Princeton Graduate Women In Science and Engineering (GWISE): a community of graduate student women in science and engineering that organizes social events, speakers, and student travel grants, among others.
APS Women Page: American Physical Society's page of resources for women physicists.
APS Graduate School List: Survey results about the female-friendliness of various graduate programs.
AAUW (American Association of University Women): National organization for equality among University Women. This group does advocacy, research, and outreach efforts for all professional women, with a segment for the sciences.
AWIS (Association for Women in Science): A national organization working to promote women in the sciences. They have many services, mostly open to members. Students can get one for $65 a year. The program includes "STEMinars" and several funded scholarship/fellowship programs for women and men who show leadership in advancing the cause of women in science. They also publish convenient fact sheets and statistics outlining the current situation of women in many scientific fields, and have useful articles on relevant topics.
The AAS Committee on the Status of Women: Many articles and resources on issues that concern women, from the two-body problem, to mentoring, to returning to a science career after a break.
Resources for Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault
SHARE - Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources, and Education: SHARE is the campus confidential resource for victims of sexual harassment and assault. In addition to advising for victims, they conduct educational training programs to help prevent incidences of harassment and assault on campus. For more information visit their website.
Title IX: Title IX is not just for sports in K12. Title IX protects individuals from all forms of gender-based harassment and discrimination in educational settings, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and pregnancy/parental status discrimination. There are several articles on the subject in addition to the official University policy and procedures and grievance form.
University Equity and Diversity Page: Policies and Procedures for reporting and addressing issues of discrimination and harassment (including climate concerns), customized prevention education, and links to University organizations for women and LGBT students.
University Ombud's Office: A neutral, confidential conflict-resolution group on campus that can counsel students, faculty, and staff on existing conflicts. They also perform mediation services and make recommendations to the University on climate issues.
University Women's Center: A campus-wide organization for women. They organize events in addition to advocating for women on issues of harassment, discrimination, climate, family leave, etc.
Resources for Family and Family Leave
Princeton has a number of family-focused initiatives, especially to help graduate students who wish to start a family. The following programs are available to all University employees and graduate students. A free membership to CareBridge, an online counseling and resource service, is available to University employees. The University provides a back-up care program to provide immediate care for children or adult dependents on short notice (e.g. the normal caregiver calls in sick) to help graduate students with dependents maintain their work schedule. It also provides organizational tools for dependent care. For faculty, automatic tenure-clock extensions of one year apply to male and female parents. The university also provides a dependent-care fund to subsidize travel for faculty.
The NSF also has a family-focused initiative for postdocs.
Graduate students who give birth are given 12 weeks of paid maternity leave and primary caregivers are given a one-year extension to academic responsibilities. A stipend of up to $5,000 per child is available to students to offset the cost of childcare. The University has a daycare near campus that is NAEYC accredited. A travel grant is also available to graduate students with dependents to subsidize the extra child-care needed for work-related travel.
University Family Leave Policy:
University Medical Insurance Policy:
For Graduate Students - Family medical insurance is available through the student health plan, but it's not free. Pregnancy is covered as any other covered medical condition. There are important catches in the code (like a 48-hour window for declaration of dependents), so definitely read the SHP Document if you plan on giving birth. For more details visit the Student Health website and click on benefits summary or the SHP Document.
Princeton has the U-NOW Nursery school for students and faculty. Other day cares in the area give discounts to students of around 10-15%.