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Alumnae Survey

Dartmouth Women in Science Alumnae Survey 1998

Excerpts from the Quantitative Data Frequency Report

(N = 723)

Current/Most Recent Employment

1a. Are you currently employed?

80.7% Yes

19.3%

No

2. To what extent does your current or most recent position relate to your undergraduate and/or graduate training in science, mathematics or engineering?

Undergraduate Training

8.4%

Not at all

17.4%

A little

29.4%

Some

44.8%

Very Much

Graduate Training

3.5%

Not at all

3.7%

A little

9.3%

Some

61.3%

Very Much

22.2%

Not Applicable

3. Which field most closely defines your current or most recent work?

16.4%

Math/Computer sciences

7.9%

Engineering

13.3%

Life Sciences (e.g., biology, biochemistry, ecology, forestry, agricultural)

8.5%

Physical Sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, earth sciences, geology)

30.6%

Health & Medicine

3.0%

Social and Behavioral sciences

20.5%

Non-science

Reflecting Upon Your Dartmouth Experience

5. When you first entered Dartmouth, what did you perceive as the likelihood that you would major in science, mathematics or engineering?

2.1%

Not likely

7.4%

Possible

10.9%

Somewhat likely

79.6%

Very likely

10a. While an undergraduate at Dartmouth, to what degree did you feel encouraged by each of the following to pursue graduate study in the sciences?

 

Not at all

A little

Some

Very Much

Not applicable

By parents

19.2%

10.5%

21.3%

43.6%

5.4%

By Dartmouth professors

21.3%

15.5%

24.5%

33.5%

5.2%

By other Dartmouth personnel

39.1%

10.3%

14.7%

9.8%

26.1%

By peers

20.7%

17.2%

33.3%

22.1%

6.7%

By employers

28.5%

7.9%

14.7%

18.9%

30.0%

By others

9.0%

0.9%

2.7%

18.5%

68.9%

10b. While an undergraduate at Dartmouth, to what degree did you feel encouraged by each of the following to pursue a job/career in the sciences?

 

Not at all

A little

Some

Very Much

Not applicable

By parents

10.0%

9.4%

25.2%

52.2%

3.2%

By Dartmouth professors

22.6%

16.1%

28.5%

26.6%

6.3%

By other Dartmouth personnel

36.4%

9.1%

19.8%

9.4%

25.2%

By peers

16.7%

16.4%

34.1%

26.2%

6.6%

By employers

17.9%

7.2%

23.3%

26.9%

24.7%

By others

10.4%

.5%

2.6%

16.1%

70.5%

11. During your undergraduate years, did you have someone whom you considered a mentor in the sciences?

41.3%

Yes

58.7%

No

Demographic Information

15. With which of the following groups do you self-identify?

2.4%

 

4.6%

Asian/Pacific Islander

0.9%

Latina/Hispanic

0.3%

Native American

90.8%

Caucasian/White

1.1%

Other

16. What is your marital status?

41.0%

Single

55.8%

Married

3.1%

Divorced

0.1%

Widowed

17. Does your spouse or domestic partner have a career in the sciences?

51.5%

Yes

48.5%

No

18a. Do you have any children?

38.4%

Yes

61.6%

No

19a. Did your mother have a career in science?

21.4%

Yes

78.6%

No

19b. Did your father have a career in science?

44.6%

Yes

55.4%

No

Fuller History From Dartmouth Graduationto Present

In this section of the survey, participants described up to 5 positions they held after graduating from Dartmouth. The only quantitative data to examine from this section is listed below:

Was your first job related to your undergraduate major?

75.7%

Yes

24.3%

No

Number of years at the organization:

22.1%

Less than 1 year

39.2%

1-2 years

21.0%

3-4 years

17.7%

5 or more years

For more information, contact the WISP office.

Last Updated: 10/19/10