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S&E Doctorates Hit All-Time High in 2005 - In 2005, total doctorate awards in science and engineering (S&E) increased for the third year in a row, up to 27,974, surpassing the previous all-time high from 1998 (27,273). Several demographic groups (women, non-U.S. citizens and U.S. citizen Asians and underrepresented minorities) also received record numbers of S&E doctorates in 2005. Post-9/11, there is little evidence of a decline in the number of or growth in noncitizens earning S&E doctorates from U.S. institutions. There was a slight drop in 2002, but that was also true for U.S. citizens. For the entire period from 2001 to 2005, S&E doctorates awarded to noncitizens increased by 25% and accounted for virtually all of the overall growth in S&E doctorate awards during the period. (National Science Foundation, November 2006) ...

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