Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States: 1997


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Suggested Citation top
National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies, Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States: 1997, NSF 00-308, Project Officer, Kelly H. Kang (Arlington, VA 1999).

November 1999

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Acknowledgments top

This publication was prepared by Kelly H. Kang, Project Officer for the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, Science and Engineering Human Resources Statistics Program (HRS) of the National Science Foundation's Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS), under the overall direction of Mary J. Golladay, Program Director, HRS and Mary E. Frase, Acting Division Director, SRS. Mary Collins of Westat provided oversight in the production and a detail review of the tables. Anne Houghton, Julia Harriston, and Tanya Gore of SRS provided editorial assistance.

SRS is grateful to Patricia Green, Natalie Suter, Rachel Harter, and the project staff at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) for having conducted the survey in 1997.

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