Physics PhDs Awarded to URMs

Physics PhDs Awarded to URMs, Normalized to Minority Population
Credit: APS/Source: IPEDS Completion Survey

This graph illustrates the percentage of physics PhDs awarded to under-represented minorities (URMs), normalized to population. Data is collected from 1995 to 2013 for degrees and from 1995 to 2012 for population.

  • For data on the number of physics PhDs awarded to URMs, data was collected from the IPEDS Completion Survey by Race.
  • For data on the minority population, data was collected from the U.S. Census on 20-24 year olds.
  • There is a six years' difference between the degree and population data used for each data point to account for the time lapse between starting a degree program and being awarded a degree (i.e., the number of degrees awarded to URMs in 1998 is normalized to 1992 minority population data for 20-24 year olds).

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