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November 20, 2006

Science Ph.D.’s Continue to Grow

From Inside Higher Ed:
A new report from the National Science Foundation finds that the number of science and engineering Ph.D.’s awarded by American universities in 2005 reached an all-time high of 27,974, surpassing the previous record of 27,273 from 1998.

Also peaking in 2005 were the number of doctorates granted to women, to Asian Americans and to members of underrepresented minority groups, and the number awarded in several of the so-called “STEM” fields.

But the sharpest growth of all occurred among non-U.S. citizens, who earned 13.4 percent more doctorates from American universities in 2005 than they had the year before, and who have seen their share of all doctorates grow since 2001. In 2005, foreign-born researchers earned 41 percent of the science and engineering Ph.D.’s awarded by American universities, up from 36 percent in 2001 and 39 percent in 2004.

For a synopsis of the report, including the key tables, see the report at Inside Higher Ed.
Or view the full report at the NSF site.

Posted by Katie Newman at November 20, 2006 12:16 PM