December 2010

2010 Graduation Survey Results

This past fall, ASBMB sent out a survey to schools that offer degrees in biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology or chemistry with a biochemistry option and asked them to answer questions about their graduate populations.


Despite the encouraging response rate for the 2008 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduation survey, the number of participants for the 2010 survey was very low. For 2010, only 151 of the 802 departments we contacted submitted responses. Even so, certain observations we were able to make are consistent with previous surveys.

The ratios of female to male graduates reported at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are essentially the same as in the last survey. The ratio of female to male graduates at the doctoral level is 10 percent higher in this survey, but the total number of graduates at this level is only half that reported in the last survey, making it hard to draw any conclusions.

There also was a significant increase in the reported number of American Indian or Alaskan Native women who have received baccalaureate degrees, mostly due to the survey responses from Wellesley College and the University of Richmond, which awarded 13 and seven degrees, respectively.

Georgia State University awarded the most African-American master’s degrees (13) and doctorate degrees (four).

Graduation Survey

A full report from the survey can be found on the ASBMB website.

James Zimmerman
Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
Genetics and Biochemistry Department
Clemson University

Peter Kennelly
Professor & Head
Department of Biochemistry
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Craig E. Cameron
Paul Berg Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pennsylvania State University (University Park)

Benjamin D. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Chemistry
Missouri Western State University

Takita Felder Sumter
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dept. of Chemistry, Physics & Geology
Winthrop University

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