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HBCU facts

The number of physics degrees earned by African Americans is very small. Even a few added each year is a significant contribution.

In the year 2003, 4% of the bachelor's degrees in physics (152) awarded nationally were awarded to African Americans. For Master's degrees the numbers are 4% (15) and for Physics Ph.D. degrees 2% (the latter represents only about 12 Ph.D. degrees awarded) (source: AIP). Many of these undergraduate degrees come from HBCUs, and Hampton University contributes a significant fraction of Ph.D. graduates.

According to data collected by the AIP, the nine institutions producing three or more AA physics bachelor's graduates per year (2001-2003) were all HBCUs. Hampton University ranked third in this list.

According to the HU School of Science:
Between 1997 and 2003, HU produced 40% of the nation's African American female physics PhDs.
HU is ranked #3 in the nation in producing African American physics MS students.
HU ranks among the top six schools in producing African American PhDs; HU only started awarding PhDs in 1998.
Within HU, physics has the largest graduate enrollment of any department with 51 students, 33 in the PhD program.

A listing of HBCUs can be found at the web page for the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


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