Neuroscience base rates

SfN Neuroscience Registration

Aggregated demographic data for Neuroscience registrants provided by the Society for Neuroscience. Calculations and analysis are the authors’:

Faculty gender ratio (full, associate, assistant professors and department heads): 31%
Trainee gender ratio (postdocs and graduate students): 50%
Overall gender ratio (faculty and trainees): 43%

Historical ratios:

2014 2015 2016 2017* 2018
Faculty gender ratio 0.32 0.32 0.3 0.32 0.31
Trainee gender ratio  0.5 0.49 0.5 0.49 0.5
Overall gender ratio 0.42 0.42 0.43 0.43 0.43

Historical numbers:

2014 2015 2016 2017* 2018
Male Associate Professors 1,354 1,226 1,177 1,132 1,074
Female Associate Professors 706 649 594 619 583
Male Assistant Professors 712 641 583 558 252
Female Assistant Professors 498 438 367 370 156
Male Department Heads 289 271 278 252 213
Female Department Heads 80 58 59 57 58
Male Grad Students 2,480 2,844 2,968 2,830 2,915
Female Grad Students 2,778 3,019 3,354 3,143 3,278
Male Post-docs 2,317 2,251 2,160 2,081 2,004
Female Post-docs 2,032 1,877 1,804 1,624 1,609
Male Professors 2,455 2,256 2,244 2,102 1,965
Female Professors 960 905 839 848 790

*At Neuroscience 2017 20,408 out of 29,912 (~68%) attendees indicated gender

Neuroscience Department Ratios

Gender ratio in neuroscience departments as of August 2015 unless mentioned otherwise:

Columbia 23F:80M (22%)
Harvard 32F:104M (24%)
Johns Hopkins 27F:78M (26%)
MIT 16F:39M (29%)
NYU 4F:19M (17%)
Princeton 7F:18M (28%) [15 Nov 2016]
Stanford 27F:66M (29%) [15 Nov 2016]
UC Berkeley 12F:38M (24%)
UCLA 6F:26M (19%)
UCSD 33F:99M (25%)
UCSF 19F:53M (26%)
U Penn 10F:26M (28%)
UT Austin 6F:27M (18%)
Yale 21F:86M (20%)

Total 243F:759M
Average: 24% females

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