Female Enrollments and Degrees in U.S. Geoscience Programs Remain Steady in 2011

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In the 2010-2011 academic year, the level of female participation in U.S. geoscience degree programs remained generally steady. Female enrollments and degrees at the undergraduate level continues to trail those of the graduate level, except for the percentage of doctorates awarded to women. After a sharp decrease of 8 percentage points in 2010 of women earning a geoscience doctorate, the trend reversed, growing over 1 percentage point in 2011. An interesting note is that the gender ratio of doctorate degrees drops sharply immediately following recessions, but then recovers rapidly. Though no immediate apparent causal relationship is evident, this pattern seems to be emerging again.

Percentage of female enrollment and degrees in the geosciences, 1975-2011. Source: American Geosciences Institute.

Date updated: 2012-05-21
Data Brief 2012-005
Written and compiled by Christopher Keane for AGI, May 2012

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