Race and Ethnicity of U.S. Citizen Geoscience Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Appointees, 2016

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The National Science Foundation’s Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering is conducted annually to collect information about enrollments/hiring and demographics of graduate students (master’s and doctoral students) and postdoctoral appointees. AGI’s Workforce Program analyzed the data from 2016 to investigate participation of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in postdoctoral opportunities within the geosciences.

Geoscience Enrollments Remain Robust in 2016-2017

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained relatively steady during the 2016-2017 academic year.   Undergraduate enrollments have not substantially changed since 2012.  However, a growing percentage of those undergraduate enrollments are in online degree programs, which have been offsetting enrollment declines particularly seen in private 4-year colleges and regional state universities.   Following national trends observed across STEM fields in the past couple of years, geoscience graduate enrollment levels have declined 8%.

Online Coursework in Geoscience Departments

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Currents #128
Online courses and programs in higher education have been a growing phenomenon for the past two decades. In recent years, geoscience programs have increasingly been adding online components to their curricula. During the survey in preparation for the 2018 Directory of Geoscience Departments, we asked departments about the state of online courses in their program.

Trends in the Immediate Career Plans of Geoscience Graduates, 2013-2017

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Currents #127
The Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2017 report examines the prior five years of data and explores a number of emerging trends. In particular, the trends of employment of recent graduates in the geosciences and of the recent graduates planning to attend graduate school are showing new emerging developments in 2017.

Prerequisite Course Requirements for Participation in Field Camps Across the U.S.

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Monday, April 16, 2018
Currents #126
Prerequisite requirements for 67 US-based field camps were identified from syllabus and camp websites and categorized into one of ten overarching course topics. Additionally, the field camps themselves were classified as either a traditional camp (4 to 6 week summer field experience) or a non-traditional camp (any camp not classified as a 4 to 6 week summer field experience) in order to understand the potential differences in prerequisite requirements between these two types of camps. There were 45 and 22 traditional and non-traditional camps, respectively.


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