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Science and Engineering Doctorates


The conduct of the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), the maintenance of the SED, and resulting publications are supported by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Education (ED), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). These federal agencies gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of graduate deans and their staff, registrars, dissertation officers, and other administrators who participate in the SED effort and contribute to its success. Thanks are also extended to the new research doctorate recipients who completed the 2015 survey.

Representatives from four of the sponsoring agencies have provided sound advice on issues related to survey design and data presentation: Jennifer Sutton (NIH), Ted Socha (ED), Frank Shaw (NEH), and Mark Fiegener, SED Project Officer (NCSES). Mark Fiegener also oversaw the preparation of this report. Emilda Rivers, John Gawalt, and Lynn Milan at NCSES reviewed and commented upon multiple drafts of the report and data tables. Staff at NORC at the University of Chicago who played a valuable role in the 2015 SED are Ipek Bilgen, Marietta Bowman, Matthew Deihl, Mireya Dominguez, Zachary Gebhardt, Brianna Groenhout, Isabel Guzman-Barron, Sarah Hernandez, Tom Hoffer, Mary Ann Latter, Stephen Schacht, Scott Sederstrom, Ed Sipulski, and Kristy Webber.

Production of the printed volume was guided by Catherine Corlies and produced by Tanya Gore and Christine Hamel (NCSES). Eileen Kessler and staff at OmniStudio, Inc., designed the layout. Development of the Web version was guided by Rajinder Raut (NCSES), with technical assistance from staff of Penobscot Bay Media.

Suggested Citation

National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. 2017. Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2015. Special Report NSF 17-306. Arlington, VA. Available at