APS Bridge Program

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APS generates statistical reports on issues in undergraduate physics. These reports are freely available for your use. You may use our graphs in reports and presentations. Credit APS and the source as shown on each graph.
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Physics Degrees Awarded to Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

Physics Degrees Awarded to Underrepresented Minorities in the US

Credit: APS/Source: IPEDS Completion Survey, AIP, U.S. Census

This graph shows the percentage of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in physics compared to the percentage of URMs in the U.S. college age population and among all bachelor degrees awarded.

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Physics Degrees Awarded to Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

Physics Degrees Awarded to Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

Credit:APS/Source: NCES, U.S. Census

The graph shows the percentage of underrepresented minority (including African American, Hispanic American, and Native American) students who received bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in the U.S.

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Percent of Degrees Awarded to Minorities

Percent of Degrees Awarded to Minorities

Credit: APS/Source: IPEDS Completion Survey

This graph shows the percentage of degrees in various fields earned by underrepresented minorities (URMs) at US institutions. In this case, URMs include African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. Degrees awarded to temporary residents are not included in the calculation. Data is collected from the IPEDS Completion Survey by Race. The IPEDS data represent a 3-year average for the bachelor, master and doctoral degrees for the three most recent years data is available.

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Cumulative PhD Completion Rate for Math/Physical Sciences

Cumulative PhD Completion Rate for Math/Physical Sciences

Credit: APS/Source: Council on Graduate Schools

Percentage of doctoral students completing PhDs in Math/Physical Sciences for Asian American, White, African American, and Hispanic American students.

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Physics Degrees Awarded to Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

Goals

The broad goals governing the program are to:

  1. Increase, within a decade, the fraction of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority students to match the fraction of physics Bachelor's degrees granted to these groups
  2. Develop, evaluate, and document sustainable model bridging experiences that improve the access to and culture of graduate education for all students, with emphasis on those underrepresented in doctoral programs in physics
  3. Promote and disseminate successful program components to the physics community.

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