Figure D-1. Female share of S&E graduate students, by field: 1995 and 2005
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 1995 and 2005.
Women constituted a greater percentage of graduate students in S&E in 2005 (43%) than in 1995 (38%).
- Women accounted for more than half of all graduate students in some science fields. In 2005, women made up 76% of the graduate students in psychology, 56% in biological sciences, and 54% in social sciences.
- Women accounted for 22% of graduate students in engineering and 25% of graduate students in computer sciences in 2005.
- Roughly 35%–45% of the graduate students in most other science fields were female.
- Women made the most gains between 1995 and 2005 in agricultural sciences and earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences and the least gain in computer sciences.