NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED535898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
First-Year Physics Graduate Students: Characteristics and Background. Data from the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 Graduate Student Surveys. Focus On
Mulvey, Patrick; 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 U.S. to provide information concerning the numbers of students they have enrolled and counts of recent degree recipients. In connection with this survey, the authors ask for the names and contact information for students currently enrolled in their graduate program. Seventy-three percent of the departments provided contact information for their graduate students. The majority of the data in this "focus on" comes from physics and astronomy students who were identified as being new to a department in the academic years 2007-08 and 2009-10. An initial invitation to participate in the survey was sent to the students in April of their first year at a department. According to the findings from the Survey of Enrollments and Degrees, there were 3,069 first-year physics students enrolled in the fall of 2007 and 3,089 in the fall of 2009. Findings reveal that total first-year graduate student enrollments at physics departments have remained at about 3,000 students for the last 6 years. Around 70% of non-U.S. students entering physics departments in the U.S. are from Asia. Almost half of PhD-seeking first-year physics students aspire to work in a university setting. (Contains 5 tables and 2 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:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center