Underrepresented Minorities in Physics

Retention URMs 2018

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

  • Bachelor's and doctoral degree data are averages of the five most recent years that data are available from IPEDS.
  • Data on physics faculty are from the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center.
  • Data on the college age population are collected for 2015 from the U.S. Census.

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