Diversity in Graduate Education
In an era of phenomenal discoveries in physics and related fields, our nation is faced with the challenge of producing a generation of diverse scientific leaders that can tackle 21st century challenges.
- Physics as a community ranks at the bottom of science disciplines in educating the growing U.S. minority population.
- Underrepresented minorities (URMs) now make up about a third of the college-age U.S. citizens, yet we graduate less than 10% of our bachelor physics degrees to all of these groups combined.
- The situation at the doctoral level is even bleaker with only about 6% of PhDs granted to URMs.
- Currently, only about 30-35 PhDs in physics are granted to URMs every year nationwide (U.S. citizens or permanent residents). These small numbers allow a program of this type to have a significant and measurable impact on this issue in the United States.
- Improvements that will facilitate this increase will benefit all students with better attention to student development.
Minority Physics Statistics
In June 2010, the APS Executive Board passed the following resolution:
The American Physical Society recognizes the significant disparity in participation by under-represented minorities in physics at all levels, and commits to support the Minority Bridge Program that will establish a set of programs and related efforts to help under-represented minority undergraduates transition to doctoral degree-granting programs and obtain PhD degrees in physics.