More doctoral degrees, but fewer professors

Friday, January 16th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- More women and minorities are earning their doctoral degrees in science and engineering, but few of them are returning to school as professors.

Donna J. Nelson and Diana C. Rogers from the University of Oklahoma released a study yesterday on the nation's top 50 college science and engineering research departments.

The study shows women hold three percent to 15 percent of full professorships.

Female students are less likely to stay in science and engineering when they don't have mentors and role models.

Another reason students don't stay in the field, Nelson and Rogers say, is because they don't see female professors hired and retained, or they see them treated unfairly.

Black and American Indian women have even fewer professorships than white women.