Upward physics trend
Physics PhDs conferred by US institutions
rose 38% between 2004 and 2008, the
sharpest upswing in more than a decade,
according to the latest survey data released
by the American Institute of Physics in
College Park, Maryland. Patrick Mulvey,
lead research associate for the institute's
statistical research centre, says the increase
corresponds to a rise in enrolments in
the early 2000s that was driven by an
uncertain international economy and
by improvements in the undergraduate
culture of physics departments.
Preliminary PhD totals for 2009 and 2010
show a similar trend, Mulvey says.
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