Abstract

: It is commonly known that there are large sex gaps in various degree programs within the United States. After the influx of a greater gender equality, we research to validate if this conception is still true. Using a statistical program called R, we create linear regression lines to examined the proportion of females out of the total students in 30 different degree categories. The data came from the National Center for Education Statistics from the 1991-1992 school year to the 2015-2016 school year. Overall, the data shows that the proportion of females earning degrees is increasing. The major trends demonstrated that the proportion of females in male-dominated fields is also increasing. However, the proportion of males in female-dominated fields did not increase over the time frame, instead the proportion of females continues to increase. There was also evidence that males are more likely to get doctoral degrees than bachelor or masters degrees, even in female-dominated fields.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2018

Mentor

Cindy Bragg

Department/Professional Affiliation

Computer Science

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Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Department

Computer Science

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