Doctorate Recipients from United States Universities: Summary Report 1998

Highlights, Notice, and Acknowledgments

The Survey of Earned Doctorates is funded by and conducted under
the direction of the following agencies of the U.S. Government:
National Science Foundation
National Institutes of Health
National Endowment for the Humanities
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Allen R. Sanderson
Bernard Dugoni
Thomas Hoffer
Lance Selfa

National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

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Highlights top

This report presents data about recipients of research doctorates awarded by U.S. universities from July 1, 1997, through June 30, 1998. The information is taken from the 1998 Survey of Earned Doctorates, an annual census of new research doctorate recipients.

Notice top

This report is based on data collected in the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) conducted for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the U.S. Department of Education (USED), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) under NSF Contract No. SRS-9712655. Findings in this publication represent analyses developed by NORC, which have been reviewed, but not necessarily verified, by the participating Federal agencies and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring agencies.

NSF publications from the Survey of Earned Doctorates and the Doctorate Records File are available free on request. (See inside back cover.) Standardized tables on baccalaureate origins of Ph.D.s by major field of doctorate and trend tables on citizenship, race/ethnicity, and sex of Ph.D.s by fine field of doctorate are available for a fee. Customized tables can also be prepared at cost. For more information, please contact:

Doctorate Data Project
National Opinion Research Center
1155 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 753-7500
Fax: (773) 753-7886

Material in this publication is in the public domain and, with appropriate credit, may be reproduced without permission.

Recommended citation: top
Sanderson, A., B. Dugoni, T. Hoffer, and L. Selfa. 1999. Doctorate Recipients from United States Universities: Summary Report 1998. Chicago: National Opinion Research Center. (The report gives the results of data collected in the Survey of Earned Doctorates, conducted for five Federal agencies, NSF, NIH, NEH, USED, and USDA, by NORC.)

Acknowledgments top

Academic officers at the nation's doctorate-granting universities distribute, collect, and forward SED questionnaires to NORC. The project gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of graduate deans and their staffs, registrars, dissertation secretaries, and other administrators who participate in the SED effort and contribute to its success. The sponsoring Federal agencies and NORC also extend their heartfelt thanks to the more than 40,000 new doctorate recipients who took the time to complete and return their copy of the survey.

The conduct of the SED, the maintenance of the resulting data file, and the publication of this report are funded jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the U.S. Department of Education (USED), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Susan Hill (NSF) serves as the project officer for the five participating agencies. The survey's relevance to national policy issues has increased, thanks to the involvement and constructive reviews of the design and analysis of the survey by representatives from the five agencies: Paul Seder (NIH), Nancy Borkow (USED), K. Jane Coulter (USDA), Jeffrey Thomas (NEH), and Mary Golladay (NSF). Susan Hill (NSF), Director of the Doctorate Data project, provided guidance and direction during the preparation of this report. Comments from reviewers Peter Syverson of the Council of Graduate Schools and Walter Cohen of Cornell University were invaluable and greatly appreciated.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of their NORC colleagues who provided valuable counsel, direction, and assistance with various survey responsibilities: Norman Bradburn, Senior Vice President for Research; Pearl Zinner, Special Assistant to the President of NORC; Laura Knapp and Sharon Myers, Associate Project Directors; Syed Ahsan, Coordinator for the Data Preparation Center; Rebecca Hanson, Data Quality Analyst; Alison Baldwin, Research Assistant; Jamie Friedman, Director of Institutional Contacting; Isabel Guzman-Barron and Donna Jameison, Administrative Assistants; Sharnia Bullock, Data Preparation Supervisor and the Production Center Staff; Lisa Lee, Survey Methodologist; and members of the Communications Department, Ellen Hathaway, Imelda Perez, and Marcus Shumpert.

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