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General Notes

Data Tables

Appendix A. Technical Notes

Appendix B. Survey Materials

Suggested Citation, Acknowledgements

Kelly Kang,
Project Officer
(703) 292-7796
Human Resources Statistics Program

Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering: Fall 2010


General Notes


Data presented here are derived from the annual National Science Foundation–National Institutes of Health Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS). Unless otherwise specified, data published here represent estimates of total graduate enrollment as of fall 2010 in science, engineering, and selected health fields in 13,711 graduate units (departments, research centers, degree-granting programs, and affiliate health facilities) at 574 academic institutions in the United States and outlying areas.

The survey was refined in 2007 to improve reporting: new fields were added, and some fields were reclassified. Because of these changes, the 2007 data are presented two ways in multiyear tables:

  • "2007new" shows the data as they were collected using the new methodology.
  • "2007old" shows the data as they would have been collected in prior years.

The 2010, 2009, and 2008 data are comparable with "2007new" data.

Beginning in 2008, the tables that provide data by institutions no longer list names of the nonresponding institutions, although their data are imputed and included in the totals for all institutions.

In 2010, two notable changes were introduced in the survey as part of the additional emphasis placed on postdoctoral appointees (postdocs) and other doctorate-holding nonfaculty researchers (NFRs). First, the GSS added several new items and expanded existing items for enumerating postdocs and NFRs. Second, the schools were requested to designate a postdoc coordinator (PC) to assist in reporting data about postdocs and NFRs separate from the school coordinator (SC) who was responsible for reporting data on graduate students.

Collection of these graduate enrollment and postdoc data began in 1966, and the survey has been modified periodically since then. Appendix A, "Technical Notes," provides more detailed information on the survey over the years. The latest data for prior years are published in this report; only these data should be used in historical analyses.

Data from the GSS fall 1972 through fall 2010 are also available in public-use files and from the WebCASPAR system at http://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/webcaspar/.

Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering: Fall 2010
Detailed Statistical Tables | NSF 13-314 | April 2013