Physics PhDs Awarded to URMs

Physics Degrees Earned URMs

Credit: APS/Source: IPEDS Completion Survey

This graph illustrates the percentage of physics Ph.D.s awarded to underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities (URMs), normalized to population. In this case, URMs include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. Data is collected from 1995 to 2015 for degrees and from 1995 to 2015 for population.

  • The data on the number of physics Bachelor’s degrees and Ph.D.s awarded to URMs 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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