December 2011

2011 ASBMB graduation survey results

Last year’s survey elicited a somewhat lower response rate than the 2010 one (136 responses out of 818 surveys sent). Nonetheless, the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to persons from ethnically diverse backgrounds increased in every category. Both the raw numbers and overall pattern constitute hopeful signs that our programs are reaching and attracting more underrepresented minorities. Conversely, the reported number of graduate degrees conferred was down substantially. Also, for the fi rst time in many years, more men than women were reported to have graduated with bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology.

We ask that you take special notice of those programs that have reported the largest number of undergraduate degree recipients from traditionally underrepresented groups (listed below).

Data regarding the number of minority students graduating from each school may be obtained at


James Zimmerman
Emeritus professor of biochemistry, genetics and biochemistry department,
Clemson University

Peter Kennelly
Professor and head, department of biochemistry,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Benjamin D. Caldwell
Undergraduate Affi liate Network Committee, professor and chairman, department of chemistry,
Missouri Western State University

Takita Felder Sumter
Minority Affairs Committee
Professor of chemistry, department of chemistry, physics and geology,
Winthrop University

Squire J. Booker
Minority Affairs Committee chairman
Associate professor of chemistry, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry department,
The Pennsylvania State University

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