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News Release 13-074

Report Traces Baccalaureate Origins of Science and Engineering Doctoral Recipients

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School of origin makes a difference.

April 23, 2013

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The National Science Foundation recently released a report detailing the large role played by U.S. research universities in the baccalaureate education of U.S.-trained science and engineering (S&E) doctorate recipients.

In 2011, the year the latest information is available, 35 percent of individuals earning S&E doctorates from U.S. universities held bachelor's degrees from foreign institutions, and 29 percent earned bachelor's degrees from U.S. doctorate-granting institutions with very high research activity.

Of the top 50 U.S. baccalaureate-origin institutions that awarded S&E doctorate degrees from 2002-2011, all but one are research universities with very high research activity.

Public universities also play a prominent role in the baccalaureate training of U.S. S&E doctorate recipients: approximately two-thirds of the institutions on the top 50 list are public institutions.

For more information on this report, please contact Mark Fiegener.

Please visit the NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) for more reports and other products.


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