An Analysis on Korean Women's U.S. Ph.D. Degree-seeking Process and Career Development in the Field of Science and Engineering

여성 과학기술 인력의 미국 박사학위 취득과정 및 진로이행 실태분석

  • Lee, Soo-Young (Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training) ;
  • Jin, Mi-Sug (Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training) ;
  • Lee, Young-Min (Sookmyung Women's University)
  • Published : 2008.08.30


The purpose of this study was to analyze Korean Women's U.S. Ph.D. Degree-seeking Process and career development in the field of science and engineering in the United States. We conducted the analysis on the basis of SED (Survey of Earned Doctorates) data of the National Science Foundation. Since 2001, the number of Korean Ph.D. degree recipients from United States universities has been increasing and about 25% of them were women. Their median age was 33.3 years old, and one third of them were the recipients of research and teaching assistantships while pursuing a Ph.D. degree. At the time of receiving the degree, 51.8% reported having definite commitments for employment or postdoctoral study or research. Over 70% of the degree holders were presumed to stay and work in the United States. The study finally addressed policy implications regarding their recruitment to Korea and a need for a longitudinal survey.


career development;degree-seeking process;career transition


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