Percentage of Underrepresented Minorities in Physics

Retention of URMs graph
Credit: APS/Source: IPEDS Completion Survey

This graph shows the percentage of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities (URMs) in physics compared to the percentage of URMs in the U.S. college age population and among all bachelor degrees awarded. In this case, URMs include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. Degrees awarded to temporary residents are not included in the calculations.

  • Data for the bachelor degrees estimation is an average of the three most recent years data is available.
  • Data for the doctoral degrees estimation is an average of the three most recent years data is available.
  • All degree data is collected from the IPEDS Completion Survey by Race.
  • Data on physics faculty is from the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center. Data on the college age population is collected for 2015 and is from the U.S. Census.

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