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'Dramatic' Increase in Ph.D.s Awarded to Minority Scientists, AAAS Report Shows
April 1, 2009
Efforts over the past decade to boost minority participation in science and engineering have been successful, a AAAS report shows. Analysis of Ph.D. recipients revealed that the annual number of Ph.D.s awarded to underrepresented minorities in science and technical fields increased by 33.9 percent, from 623 to 834. When looking at natural science and engineering fields alone, the increase was even greater, from 382 to 573--a 50 percent increase.
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