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Federal Grant Funding for the Geosciences for the Different Disciplines and from Various Agencies in 2010

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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According to NSF’s Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, in 2010, the federal government spent $3.3 billion on grants for basic and applied research in geoscience. The majority of this investment was spent on projects in the environmental sciences.

Rankings and Top 10 Degree Granting Institutions for Four-Year University Faculty

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
In 2013, there were 10,265 geoscience faculty and researchers employed at U.S. four-year universities, compared to 10,213 in 2011 and 10,051 in 2008. Approximately 72% of the geoscience faculty are tenured and 14% are untenured but in tenure-track positions. The other 14% are the researcher scientists, adjunct professors, and lecturers working at four-year universities.

Underrepresented Minority Participation in the Geosciences at the Two-Year College Level

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Friday, May 23, 2014
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According to the U.S. Department of Education, in 2011, enrollments at two-year colleges were 16% African American, 19% Hispanic, and 2% Native American/Native Alaskan, whereas enrollments at four-year institutions were 14% African American, 10% Hispanic, and 1% Native American/NativeAlaskan. While total enrollments are higher at four-year institutions compared to two-year colleges, many underrepresented minorities start their post-secondary education at two-year colleges.

U.S. Geoscience Enrollments and Degrees Remain Robust in 2013

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Though total enrollments retreated from their 2011-2012 highs, the drop in enrollments was less than 3%.  The current enrollment trend likely reflects the strong employment outlook for geosciences relative to the continued weak U.S. job market.  

Salaries and Employment Locations of Recent Geoscience Graduates

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
AGI’s National Geoscience Student Exit Survey measures the relevant experiences in school and the immediate career plans upon graduation of recent geoscience degree recipients. In spring 2013, AGI distributed this survey nationally and received 428 responses from 71 geoscience departments. This Currents examines the results from questions focused on the information about students’ employment in the geosciences.


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