The National Science Foundation recently released the new trends in research doctorate recipients for 2008. From what I notice in the trends it looks like women are learning to bake the cake and eat it too! Included in this trend is the increase of minorites from 2007 earning doctorate degrees: 6,981 total (23% of the U.S. citizens and permanent residents who earned doctorates in 2008) with Asians earning the most (2,543) followed by African Americans (2,030), Hispanics (1,765), persons of multiple race (520), American Indians (123), and Native Hawaiians (96).
Here are some of the main findings:
These findings are very interesting and point out how far many of us have come, me included.
From this table showing years 2004-2009, you can see that Mayo Graduate School is very competitive and only accepts a few number of students per year. The percentage of incoming URS (Under Represented Students) seems to have decreased in 2007 dramatically however increased once again to around 25% from 2004. Whereas the percentage of incoming women students has been pretty steady average of 56% in last 6 years, however increased about 10% from 2004 to 2009. I would like to note that the numbers from the NSF are showing graduates whereas I am showing you information from incoming students (graduate info is a little harder to get) however from 1996-2000, 80% of incoming students graduated from the program, so this table is a nice representation.
In summary, Mayo Graduate School is doing a great job at recruiting and graduating URS as well as women Ph.D candidates. Way to Go MGS!!!
Just to add some more information for those interested students who wish to apply to MGS or who are looking into Ph.D programs....Mayo has several other advantages: 3 locations (Arizona, Minnesota, and Florida), receive yearly stipend, IMSD program , and finally great students who work together as a team!