Category Archives: National Science Foundation

National Survey Reveals Continuing Decline in Science and Engineering Doctoral Degrees

The NSF has issued a press release summarizing the results of a nationwide survey on the number of doctoral degrees granted in science and engineering in 2002:

ARLINGTON, Va. – Same story, different year, some might say of new data from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that shows almost across-the-board reductions in the numbers of doctoral science and engineering (S&E) degrees earned in 2002. The 24,500 degrees nationwide represent the lowest number since 1993.

A nationwide survey reports the number of research doctoral degrees in all fields earned by students attending U.S. universities declined by 2 percent last year, dipping under 40,000, which marks the first time in nine years doctorates fell below that threshold. Overall, 413 universities across the United States and Puerto Rico awarded 39,955 doctorates.

The new data are reported in the 2002 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research doctorate recipients conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago under a contract with NSF’s Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS). The full report is available at:

To read this press release in its entirety, click here.

National Digital Science Library

The NSF issued a press release to announce the creation of the National Digital Science Library (NDSL), “an online digital library for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for all ages.” The press release contains brief descriptions and links for just a few of the collections available through the NDSL. I have posted these descriptions below.

I plan to spend some time exploring this resource, and will most likely mention some of my findings in future postings to “Citizen Scientist”. However, I encourage you to go forth and explore on your own! Have fun!
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New Learning Resource Available From NSF

Eariler today, the NSF issued a press release announcing the publication of book which is meant to be used as a learning resource for “teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and administrators who want to see how research has identified hands-on learning that works.” The book is titled “New Formulas for America’s Workforce: Girls in Science and Engineering” and catalogues 211 NSF-funded research projects that examined inquiry-based methods and techniques for studying science and technology in the classroom. Although this publication stems from NSF’s efforts to make science and engineering more accessible to women and minorities, NSF reports that the usefulness of the information contained within is not limited by gender, race or other factors.

The publication is available in bound and printed form as well as on compact disc. Either of these formats may be ordered via the Web at The printed version’s document number is NSF 03-207 and the compact disk document number is NSF 03-208.

The publication is also available electronically in the portable document format (pdf) and may be downloaded at the following website: