ERIC Number: ED474370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Graduate Student Report: First-Year Students in 1999 and 2000. AIP Report.
Mulvey, Patrick J.; Langer, Casey
This report provides information on the size and citizenship of the incoming graduate physics and astronomy class and describes student characteristics such as gender and educational background. Data are from the American Institute of Physics Enrollments and Degrees surveys for the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 academic years. In 1998-1999 there were 2,582 students newly enrolled in 1 of 254 graduate physics and astronomy programs, and in 1999-2000, there were 2,697 students newly enrolled in these programs. Incoming 1999-2000 physics and astronomy graduate enrollments were up about 5% from a recent low in 1997. Although their proportions are declining, students from China continue to make up the largest group (25%) of incoming international students. The percent of students from Eastern and Central Europe has risen to 22% of the incoming foreign students. Nearly all students attending PhD-granting departments received some type of financial support, but 18% of the full-time enrolled students at master's departments relied on outside employment or savings or loans to help finance their education. By the end of their first year of graduate school, more than three-quarters of all students had selected a subfield in which to specialize. The majority of students, regardless of citizenship, had a long-term goal of teaching or a research position in an academic setting. (Contains 10 tables and 5 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Astronomy, Career Choice, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Physics, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid
American Institute of Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3843. Tel: 301-209-3070.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Statistical Research Center.