Figure D-1. Female share of S&E graduate students, by field: 1993 and 2003
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 1993 and 2003.
Females constituted a greater percentage of graduate students in S&E in 2003 (42 percent) than in 1993 (34 percent).
- Females accounted for more than half of all graduate students in some science fields: in 2003, for example, females made up 74 percent of the graduate students in psychology, 56 percent in biological sciences, and 53 percent in social sciences.
- Roughly 30–40 percent of the graduate students in most other science fields were female.
- Females accounted for 22 percent of graduate students in engineering and 28 percent of graduate students in computer sciences in 2003.