ERIC Number: ED448676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Graduate Student Report, 1998: First-Year Students. AIP Report.
Mulvey, Patrick J.; Langer, Casey
This report describes the population of newly enrolled graduate students in physics and astronomy who were at their current institutions for a year or less in fall 1997. The report contains information on student characteristics and explores the decision making process and critical transition points for entering graduate students. The report also voices key aspects of the early graduate student career. In fall 1996, 2,423 first-year physics students and 143 first-year astronomy students entered a graduate program in the United States. Responses from a student survey completed by 1,030 students provided much of the data for this report. Foreign students now comprise half of the first-year student enrollments at graduate physics departments and 30% of the first-year students at astronomy departments. Virtually all of the students in Ph.D. departments receive some type of financial support. More than one-quarter of these students thought that their undergraduate educations had not prepared them adequately for graduate school, and women were twice as likely to feel underprepared. By the end of the first year of graduate study, 23% of students had not decided on a research specialty. Teaching and research in an academic setting were the long-term career goals of 65% of the first-year students . (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Astronomy, Career Choice, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Physics, Profiles, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid
American Institute of Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3843. Tel: 301-209-3070.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Statistical Research Center.