The Longitudinal Study of Astronomy Graduate Students

About our Study

The Longitudinal Study of Astronomy Graduate Students  (LSAGS) collects data from people who were graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics during the 2006-07 academic year. Working with the American Astronomical Society Demographics Committee, the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center collected data in 2007-08 and 2012-13; we will send out a third questionnaire in 2015. The data collected allows us to examine career paths taken by people with training in astronomy – both in and out of astronomy. We are also exploring factors affecting attrition. Using knowledge gleaned from this study, astronomy educators can better prepare students for a breadth of career options. Furthermore, a better understandng of the dynamics surrounding attrition from astronomy will allow for development of programs to increase retention of underrepresented groups.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1347723. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the reviews of the National Science Foundation.