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Berkeley Honored as A Leader in Graduating Minority Ph.D.'s

Posted February 23, 2000

Berkeley is one of 27 doctoral degree-granting institutions honored by the Quality Education for Minorities Network as a top producer of minority Ph.D. graduates in mathematics, the physical sciences and engineering.

William Lester, professor of chemistry, accepted the honor on behalf of the campus at a ceremony in Washington D.C., Feb. 11. UC Davis, UCLA and UC San Diego also received awards.

The campus was also recognized for producing minority undergraduates who successfully pursued Ph.D. degrees in math, science and engineering.

According to a report issued by the network, Berkeley, along with the other recognized institutions, accounted for almost 50 percent of the mathematical, physical science and engineering doctoral degrees received by minorities between 1990 and 1997, although they represented less than 10 percent of U.S. institutions offering such degrees.

"The network is focusing on the doctoral level because it is important to more fully understand the reasons minorities receive so few doctorates as well as to recognize those institutions that are making a difference," said Shirley McBay, president.

The Quality Education for Minorities Network ( is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve education for minorities.



February 23-29, 2000 (Volume 28, Number 23)
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