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National Science Foundation
Rita R. Colwell
Director

Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Bennett I. Bertenthal
Director

Division of Science Resources Studies
Jeanne E. Griffith
Director

Human Resources Statistics Program
Mary J. Golladay
Program Director

Division of Science Resources Studies
The Division of Science Resources Studies ( SRS ) fulfills the legislative mandate of the National Science Foundation Act to ...

provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies of the Federal Government...

To carry out this mandate, SRS designs, supports, and directs periodic surveys as well as a variety of other data collections and research projects. These surveys yield the materials for SRS staff to compile, analyze, and disseminate quantitative information about domestic and international resources devoted to science, engineering, and technology.

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Suggested Citation
National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies, Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States, NSF 99-305, Prudence Brown and Peter H. Henderson, 1998, reprint, with additional review by Project Officer, Kelly H. Kang (Arlington, VA 1998).

November 1998

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This report was written by the National Research Council (NRC) under contract to the National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies. It was originally published in April of 1998, under the same title. A limited number of copies were printed by the NRC, which then gave NSF permission to print additional copies of the report. It is reprinted here with some revisions/clarifications.

Additional detailed data on doctoral scientists and engineers can also be found in Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States: 1995, NSF 97-319 and in Science and Engineering Indicators 1998, NSB 98-1. If you have additional ideas for analyses of the Survey of Doctoral Recipients, please contact Susan T. Hill Director for the Doctorate Data Project (sthill@nsf.gov).

Jeanne E. Griffith
Director
Division of Science Resources Studies
National Science Foundation

November 1998

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The conduct of the 1995 Survey of Doctorate Recipients, maintenance of the resulting data file, and publication of this report were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Kelly Kang, who served as project officer for NSF, Susan Hill and Nirmala Kanankutty of NSF assisted the project staff of the Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel (OSEP) with helpful advice on the draft report.

The 1995 survey was conducted under the administrative supervision of Susan Mitchell and Peter Henderson. Prudence Brown and Peter Henderson analyzed the survey results and drafted the text. Julie Clarke prepared the report's figures and Martha Bohman prepared the tables and finalized the manuscript for publication.

Special appreciation is expressed to Eileen Milner, who supervised the coding and editing of the data, and to her data processing support staff-Kevin Williams, Gedamu Abraha, and Kevin Kocur. Thanks are also extended to Cindy Woods, senior analyst, and SiuChong Wan, statistical programmer, who were responsible for system design and file generation.

This report has been reviewed by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the authors and the NRC in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity and evidence. The content o the review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report: Stephen J. Lukaski, independent consultant; and Carol B. Lynch, University of Colorado. While the individuals listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, responsibility for the final content of this report rests solely with the authors and the NRC.

The work of this report was overseen by the Advisory committee of OSEP, which is concerned with the activities of the National Research Council that contribute to the effective development and utilization of the nation' scholars and research personnel. During the development of this report, Charlotte V. Kuh, Executive Director of OSEP, provided helpful guidance, as did Marilyn Baker, Associate Executive Director.

Finally, thanks go to all of the doctorate recipients who have completed the survey over the years. Without their continuing cooperation, this survey project would not be possible.

M.R.C. Greenwood, Chair
Advisory Committee
Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel

[from the original NRC publication]

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