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2007 Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences--First Report--Is Now Available

2007 Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences--First Report--Is Now Available

January 23, 2008

The 2007 Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences (First Report) has been published in the February 2008 issue of the Notices of the AMS.

The report presents a statistical profile of recipients of doctoral degrees awarded by departments in the mathematical sciences at universities in the U.S. during the period July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007. It includes a preliminary analysis of the fall 2007 employment plans of 2006-07 doctoral recipients and a demographic profile summarizing characteristics of citizenship status, sex, and racial/ethnic group.

The information came from the departments that awarded the degrees.

Highlights include the fact that there were 1,157 new doctoral recipients reported for 2006-07 by departments responding in time for the 2007 First Report. The drop from the 1,245 new doctoral recipients reported for fall 2006 is the result of the increase in the number of departments that did not respond in time for this year's report.

There were 500 U.S. citizens reported among this year's new doctoral recipients, 43% of the total. Last year's figure was 42%. Based on responses from departments alone, the fall 2007 unemployment rate for the 1,028 new doctoral recipients whose employment status is known is 4%, down from 4.4% from fall 2006.

Seventy-eight new doctoral recipients hold positions at the institution that granted their degree, although not necessarily in the same department. These 78 represent 8% of the new doctoral recipients who are currently known to have jobs, and 12% of those who have academic positions in the U.S. Twenty-two new doctoral recipients hold part-time positions.

The number of new doctoral recipients employed in the U.S. is 864, down 20 from last year. The number of new doctoral recipients employed in academic positions in the U.S. decreased to 651 from 671 last year. Of the 864 new doctoral recipients taking positions in the U.S., 187 (22%) have jobs in business and industry; increasing for the fourth consecutive year. The fall 2007 number is up 12% from fall 2006, and is up 90 (93%) from the fall 2003. The number of new doctoral recipients taking jobs in government is down 19 (43%) over fall 2006.

Among the 864 new doctoral recipients having employment in the U.S., 405 (47%) are U.S. citizens (up from 404 (46%) last year). The number of non-U.S. citizens having employment in the U.S. is 459, down from 480 last year. Among the 320 new doctoral recipients hired by U.S. doctoral granting departments, 48% are U.S. citizens (up from 43% last year). Among the 330 having other academic positions in the U.S., 53% are U.S. citizens (down from 54% last year).

Of the 1,157 new doctoral recipients, 32% (365) are female, the same percentage reported in fall 2006. Of the 500 U.S. citizen new doctoral recipients, 29% (145) are females, up from 27% in fall 2006. Among the 500 U.S. citizen new doctoral recipients, 2 are American Indian or Alaska Native, 28 are Asian, 10 are Black or African American, 12 are Hispanic or Latino, 3 are Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 428 are White, and 17 are of unknown race/ethnicity.

Thirty-three percent of the new doctorates had a dissertation in statistics/biostatistics (339). The next highest percentage was in algebra and number theory with 15% (171).

The Faculty Salary Survey report, normally published as part of this report, will appear in the March issue of Notices of the AMS.

This first report will be updated in the Second Report of the 2007 Annual Survey using information gathered from the new doctoral candidates. A follow-up questionnaire was distributed to the individual new doctoral recipients in October 2007. The results will be published in the Second Report of the 2007 Annual Survey in the August 2008 issue of the Notices of the AMS.

Another questionnaire concerned with data on fall 2007 course enrollments, graduate students, and departmental faculty was distributed to departments in September 2007. Results from this questionnaire will appear in the Third Report of the 2007 Annual Survey in the November 2008 issue of the Notices of the AMS.

The 2007 Annual Survey represents the fifty-first in an annual series begun in 1957 by the American Mathematical Society. The 2007 Survey is under the direction of the Data Committee, a joint committee of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Members of this committee are Richard Cleary, Amy Cohen-Corwin, Richard M. Dudley, John W. Hagood, Abbe H. Herzig, Donald R. King, David J. Lutzer, James W. Maxwell (ex officio), Bart Ng, Polly Phipps (chair), David E. Rohrlich, and Henry Schenck.

The complete report is at http://www.ams.org/notices/200802/tx080200253p.pdf.—H. Waldman

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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