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Two decades of Biochemistry PhD data

In a recent post, we provided data on publications per student and time to PhD for those students who began graduate school in the years 2000 through 2005. Our analysis now stretches back to the entering class of 1985.  These 21 entering classes have produced 125 PhDs in Biochemistry plus one PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology earned in a Biochemistry laboratory.  Of the 126 PhDs, all but one continued his or her education with either medical school or an academic post-doctoral fellowship.  Average time to degree was 5.5 years and average number of publications per PhD thesis was 3.25.  For the first 3 class years, six of the 18 PhDs now hold the title of director of research and eight hold the title of professor.

Year    # students   Pubs/student  Time to degree

1985          8                  3.3                     5.2

1986          8                  3.8                     5.2

1987          2                  2.5                     6.0

1988          7                  3                        5.9

1989         12                2.9                      5.5

1990          8                 2.9                      5.9

1991          4                  4                         5.8

1992          7                 3.1                      5.4

1993          8                 2.5                      5.5

1994          12               3.3                       5.2

1995          8                 3.3                       5.3

1996          6                 2.5                       5.5

1997          2                 2.5                     4.0

1998          4                 2.8                      5.5

1999          1                 8                        7.8

2000         10              3.2                      6.4

2001          2                3.5                       6.5

2002          7               3.7                      5.2

2003          2               4                          5.8

2004          4               3.8                        5.2

2005          4               3.8                        4.8

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