Monday, April 19, 2010

Data Call

Does anyone out there feel like helping out with some data analysis? It might not be helpful or interesting to those who made it to finalist status this year, but those who are thinking of applying this fall should be interested in what we can find out.

I am looking at some specific questions, and I need some data that doesn't appear to be immediately forthcoming. If necessary, I will hunt it down. The questions are:

  1. Of all accredited graduate schools in the US, what percentage produced PMF nominees in 2010?
  2. What was the performance rate of all PMF-nominating schools in 2010? That is, of schools who nominated, how many became finalists?
  3. What is the overall PMF performance rate of accredited graduate schools in the US?
  4. Of all Historically Black Colleges and Universities, what is the performance rate (nominees to finalists)? How does that compare to the larger set of schools?

To answer these questions, I need one dataset that I don't already have: the number of US graduate schools (and preferably a full list).

If I can get this, I still need to clean up the data so it can be compared in databases.

I really don't care about anything but aggregate statistics. With any luck, this data can be collected and analyzed several years in a row (so back data is also appreciated).

Any takers?

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Monday, April 5, 2010

2010 PMF Job Fair Redux: How was it?

Well, how was it? Did you get an offer? I see on the PMF web site that 9 people have accepted offers so far, so congratulations! What other items of interest or concern did you encounter with the job fair?
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