About the Statistical Research Center

The Statistical Research Center collects, analyzes and disseminates data on education and employment in physics and related fields. We are your source for reliable data on:

  • Enrollments and degrees at all levels of education in physics, astronomy and related fields from high school through the PhD.
  • Demographic profiles of physics faculty in high schools, 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities.
  • Common careers of physicists and astronomers with bachelor's degrees, master's degrees or PhDs.
  • Workforce dynamics including unemployment, underemployment, staff turnover, retirement and the number of positions available.
  • Issues that cut across education and employment such as the representation of women and minorities in physics and related fields.

We also contract with professional societies to carry out surveys on topics of particular concern to their organizations, including:

  • Profiles of professional society membership.
  • Studies of the benefits of society membership.
  • Salaries and employment prospects in specific fields.

Senior staff and their areas of expertise



Rachel Ivie

Rachel Ivie, Director, rivie [at] aip.org or 301-209-3081

  • Physics and astronomy faculty in 4-year institutions
  • International trends
  • Women in physics
  • Employment and career paths in physics and STEM
  • Questionnaire design
Susan White

Susan White, Research Manager, swhite [at] aip.org or 301-209-3056

  • High school physics teachers or students
  • Physics faculty in 2-year colleges
  • Contract surveys
  • Statistical methods
Parick Mulvey

Patrick Mulvey, Lead Research Associate, pmulvey [at] aip.org or 301-209-3076

  • Degrees awarded (bachelor’s, master’s or PhDs) in physicsand astronomy
  • Student enrollment trends at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Initial employment of recent bachelor’s degree recipients in physics and astronomy
  • Initial employment of recent physics and astronomy PhDs
Laura Merner

Laura Merner, Principal Research Associate, lmerner [at] aip.org or 301-209-3066

  • Minorities among degree recipients in STEM fields
  • Surveys of the members of scientific societies
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Workshop and questionnaire design
Judith Mulvey

Judith Mulvey, Statistics Project Coordinator, jmulvey [at] aip.org or 201-209-3070

  • Products and services the Statistical Research Center offers,e.g. mailing lists
  • General inquiries or when you are unsure of whom to contact with your question

External Advisory Committee

2015 Committee Members

Carlos López-Mariscal, Committee Chair, Naval Research Laboratory, DC

Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado, CO

Osman Basaran, Purdue University, IN

James Maxwell, American Mathematical Society, RI

Marie Plumb, Representing the community college community, NY

Willie Rockward, Morehouse College, GA

Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University, MI

Aaron Schuetz, Yorktown High School, VA

Russ Tarver, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, TX