More Women Doctoral recipients

SLF notmyaddress at
Tue Nov 12 04:39:36 EST 2002

Good news about women PhDs, but a worry about the decline
in science PhDs.

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education)

> The number of doctorates awarded by American research universities in
> 2001 fell to a level not seen since 1993, according to a new
> study.....
> The dip can be explained by a large decrease in doctorates awarded in
> science and engineering disciplines, which fell by 6.5 percent since
> 1998. The number in fields outside science and engineering dropped by
> only 0.9 percent over that period.....
> The systematic decline in science and engineering may indicate that
> either institutions or potential doctoral candidates responded to
> what some viewed as an oversupply of doctorates in the job market in
> the mid-1990s. "I think the market has eased up," said Ms. Hill.
> "Maybe we're seeing a reflection of that earlier oversaturation." The
> irony is that the declines have not been concentrated in the
> humanities, where it has become increasingly difficult to find jobs.
> Of the doctorates awarded in 2001, 22,769 went to men and 17,901 to
> women. The total for men has declined steadily for the last five
> years. The number of doctorates earned by women rose in 2000, but
> dropped in 2001 by 1.1 percent.
> Among women who earned a doctorate in 2001 and were American
> citizens, however, the report held some good news. While the total
> number of that group declined, women made up 49.5 percent of U.S.
> citizens who earned doctorates, an increase of one-10th of a
> percentage point over their share of the 2000 total.
> "That's very encouraging," said Peter D. Syverson, vice president for
> research and information services at the Council of Graduate Schools.
> "This is a figure that has changed measurably over the past 20 years,
> and that's a really remarkable c hange."
> Mr. Syverson noted that there is still a need to attract more women
> to the sciences.


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