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Figure D-2. Underrepresented minority share of S&E graduate students, by field: 1996 and 2006

Figure Updated: December 2008

Figure D-2. Underrepresented minority share of S&E graduate students, by field: 1996 and 2006.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 1996 and 2006.

Underrepresented minorities (blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives) increased their share of S&E graduate students somewhat from 1996 to 2006 (from 9% to 11%), but their overall participation remained low.

  • Only in psychology and the social sciences did underrepresented minorities' participation exceed 10% in either year. These were also the two fields with the largest increases in the percent of underrepresented minorities.
  • Participation rates in other fields ranged from a low of 5.8% in earth, atmospheric & ocean sciences to a high of 9.5% in the biological sciences.
  • These graduate study participation rates are well below the 17% share of S&E baccalaureate degrees earned by underrepresented minorities in 2006.

Related Information

Table D-1. S&E graduate students, by field, citizenship, and race/ethnicity: 1999–2006

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