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ERIC Number: ED522639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Physics Graduate Degrees: Results from the Enrollments and Degrees & the Degree Recipient Follow-Up Surveys. Focus On
Mulvey, Patrick J.; Nicholson, Starr
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
Each fall the Statistical Research Center conducts its Survey of Enrollments and Degrees, which asks all degree-granting physics and astronomy departments in the US and Puerto Rico to provide information concerning the number of students they have enrolled and counts of recent degree recipients. In the academic year 2007-08 there were 252 departments with physics graduate programs. For this survey, the degree year is defined as being from September to August. The authors received responses from 97% of these departments. Estimates were derived and included in the totals for non-responding departments. The follow-up surveys for the classes of 2006-07 and 2007-08 were conducted in the winter following the academic year the PhDs and master's received their degrees. For this survey, the degree year is defined as being from September to August. Degree recipients who left the US after receiving their degrees were not included in the analysis. The physics PhD classes of 2006-07 and 2007-08 consisted of 1,460 and 1,499 PhDs, respectively. The authors received post-degree information on 54% of these degree recipients. Sixty-nine percent of their responses came from the PhD recipients themselves, and the remainder came from their thesis advisors. The exiting physics master's degree classes of 2006-07 and 2007-08 consisted of 824 and 790 degree recipients, respectively. The authors received post-degree information on 39% of these degree recipients, with 58% of the information coming directly from the degree recipients. This report presents the authors' findings. Appended are: (1) Exiting Physics Master's Degrees Conferred, Academic Years 1998-2008; and (2) Physics Doctorates Conferred, Academic Years 1998-2008. (Contains 6 tables and 7 figures.)
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740. Tel: 301-209-3067; Fax: 301-209-0843; e-mail: stats@aip.org; Web site: http://www.aip.org/statistics
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center