Hertz 2012 Demographics Survey Results

With the approach of our 50th Anniversary, you, the Fellows, wanted to know: Who are we? What are our characteristics, outside interests, commonalities, distinguishing traits?
More than two-thirds of you responded. The survey results below provide interesting answers.

Number of Respondents: 651
Sent to: 946 Fellows
Percent of Respondents: 68.82%


 

649 Responses
We received responses from Fellows spanning from 1963 through our newest Fellows. Below are the years of those Fellows who responded to this survey.
Award Year Responses Award Year Responses Award Year Responses
1963 2 1964 4 1965 7
1966 8 1967 13 1968 8
1969 20 1970 19 1971 10
1972 13 1973 12 1974 10
1975 14 1976 13 1977 21
1978 20 1979 19 1980 16
1981 17 1982 19 1983 10
1984 11 1985 11 1986 13
1987 19 1988 9 1989 9
1990 11 1991 16 1992 17
1993 11 1994 11 1995 11
1996 8 1997 15 1998 20
1999 16 2000 17 2001 16
2002 11 2003 14 2004 9
2005 10 2006 12 2007 12
2008 11 2009 10 2010 15
2011 14 2012 15

 

651 Responses
Grad School Yrs Resp West Coast Central East Coast Public Private % Private
2007-2011 61 27 7 27 18 43 70%
2002-2006 55 22 4 29 16 39 71%
1997-2001 84 42 9 33 22 62 74%
1992-1996 58 22 11 25 22 36 62%
1987-1991 66 27 8 31 24 42 64%
1982-1986 65 27 3 35 17 48 74%
1977-1981 93 42 8 42 20 73 78%
1972-1976 64 32 7 25 9 55 86%
1967-1971 66 31 9 26 14 52 79%
1963-1966 23 10 4 9 10 13 57%

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631 Responses
Resp % Motivation
467 74.0% Strength in my desired field
369 58.5% Departmental Strength
324 51.3% Institutional Prestige
252 39.9% Preferred research advisor was there
220 34.9% Geographic location
107 17.0% Availability of Support
76 12.0% Family or personal reasons
66 10.5% Urban/surban/rural setting
57 9.0% Other
40 6.3% Institutional aspects such as entreprenuial record

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651 Responses
Grad School Yrs Resp West Cost Central East Coast Public Private % Private
2007-2011 61 19 13 29 20 41 67%
2002-2006 54 15 16 23 20 34 63%
1997-2001 84 18 14 52 32 50 60%
1992-1996 58 16 11 31 24 34 59%
1987-1991 66 12 9 45 24 42 64%
1982-1986 64 9 13 42 17 48 75%
1977-1981 93 13 25 55 40 53 57%
1972-1976 64 20 9 35 23 41 67%
1967-1971 67 18 18 30 21 45 68%
1963-1966 22 4 3 15 7 15 68%

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650 Responses
Resp
% of Total
Motivation
374 57.5% Institutional prestige
295 45.4% Departmental strength in my intended major
257 39.5% Geographic location
197 30.3% Financial aid package offered
185 28.5% Curriculum structure
168 25.8% Availability of research opportunities
141 21.7% Family or personal reasons
124 19.1% Other
56 8.6% Urban/Suburban/rural setting

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631 Responses
Grad School Yr Resp West Cost Central East Coast Public Private % Private
2007-2012 61 19 21 21 48 13 21%
2002-2006 55 11 22 22 46 9 16%
1997-2001 84 16 26 42 73 11 13%
1992-1996 58 9 19 30 51 7 12%
1987-1991 66 12 16 38 24 14 21%
1982-1986 64 9 16 39 51 11 17%
1977-1981 93 14 25 54 60 13 14%
1972-1976 64 13 14 37 52 12 19%
1967-1971 67 18 17 32 62 5 7%
1963-1966 21 5 5 11 19 2 10%

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661 Responses
School Resp % of Total
Public 541 81.9%
Private 102 15.4%
Other 18 2.7%

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648 Responses
Answer Resp % of Total
Yes 13 2%
No 635 98%

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646 Responses
Answer Resp % of Total
Yes 128 19.8%
No 518 80.2%

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647 Responses
Results are consistent with reports for USA citizens.
Answer Resp % of Total
Right 584 90.3%
Left 63 9.7%

 

575 Responses
Birth Order Resp
1st born 328
2nd born 176
3rd born 47
4th born 11
5th born 8
6th born 3
7th born 1
8th born 1
Only Child 45

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645 Responses
Answer Resp % of Total
Yes 79 12.2%
No 566 87.8%

 

539 Responses
Answer Resp % of Total
Yes 185 34.3%
No 355 65.9%

 

630 Responses
Answer Resp % of Total
Yes 498 79%
No 132 21%
Resp Hobby
2 Unicyclist
3 Soaring
4 Beekeeper
10 Chess
10 Ultimate Frisbee
11 Soccer
12 Backpacking
14 History
14 Scuba Diving
14 Writing
18 Dancing
18 Tennis
21 Climbing - rocks, mountains, ice
21 Sailing
27 Gardening
29 Woodworking
36 Cooking
41 Bicycling
43 Running
44 Photography
45 Skiing
46 Music - includes composing, recording, playing, listening
47 Reading
74 Hiking

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648 Responses
Answer Resp % of Total
Yes 288 44.4%
No 360 55.6%

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The results are based on the 353 fellow who completed this survey and received the Fellowship during or after 1986 when the Barry Goldwater Program began.
Resp % of Total Award Level
79 22.3% Goldwater Scholars
2 0.6% Honorable Mention
8 2.3% Nominee
264 75% No Award

 

648 Responses
Answer Resp % of Total
Yes 77 11.9%
No 571 88.1%

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648 Responses
Answer Resp % of Total
Yes 581 89.7%
No 67 10.3%

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627 Responses
Resp % of Total Answer
544 86.8% Yes
39 6.2% No
24 3.8% Retired
25 4.0% Retired, but consulting

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