The number of U.S. doctoral
degrees granted in science and engineering (S&E) continues to
slip, survey results show. During the 2001–02 academic year,
universities awarded 24,500 S&E PhDs, a 2 percent drop from
the previous year and the lowest total since 1993. According to
the 2002 Survey of Earned Doctorates—an annual census conducted
by the University’s National Opinion Research Center under
a National Science Foundation contract—19,485 were in scientific
fields, compared with 20,024 in 2001, 20,643 in 2000, and 20,607
Chicago’s own science doctoral degree
output (U of C offers no engineering programs but has a range of
science programs including the five fields above) also has fluctuated
in recent years, climbing from 1999’s 105 to 2001’s
128 then dipping to 2002’s 97.
Bucking the downward national trend, more women
earned S&E PhDs in 2002, representing 37.3 percent of the total.
The University, meanwhile, awarded science doctoral degrees to 28
women, eight fewer than in 2001.—M.L.
Graphic by Allen Carroll
of doctoral degrees earned at Chicago (red) and nationwide.