- 50% of single-race Asians age 25+ has a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. This is compared with 28% for all Americans age 25+.
- 85% of single-race Asians age 25+ has at least a high school diploma. This compared with 85 % for all Americans age 25+.
- 20% of single-race Asians age 25+ has a graduate (e.g., master’s or doctorate) or professional degree. This compared with 10 % for all Americans age 25+.
- Different Asian ethnic groups have different educational attainment levels: 68% of Asian Indians, age 25+, have a bachelor’s degree or higher and 37% have a graduate or professional degree; the corresponding numbers for Vietnamese Americans are 24% and 7%.
- 50% of undergrads are Asian at UC San Diego, 40% at UCLA and 42% at UC Berkeley.
- Asian-American 11th graders spent 6+ hours per week on average studying than Caucasian students of the same age.
- Asians are the biggest or one of the largest groups on campus at some of the best universities in the U.S. At MIT, the student body is 28% Asian American, and the University of California at Berkeley is 39% Asian American.
- Students from Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos often come to the U.S. affected by issues such as war-related trauma and educational disruptions. They often experience poverty, racism, and even limited access to educational resources in the U.S., which can put them at a severe disadvantage compared to others of Asian descent.
- 30% of Asian-American students attend high-poverty schools, meaning that they’re doing well at schools that are chronically underfunded and lacking in resources that other schools may have to offer.
- Nearly one-third of Asian ACT test-takers meet the college readiness benchmark, established by ACT, on all four exams
- Asian women are currently out pacing Asian men in degree acquirement:
- Bachelor’s degrees: 3.9% compared to 3.2%
- Master’s degrees: 3.3% compared to 2.8%
- Doctoral degrees: 3.1% compared to 2.6%
- Chien-Shiung Wu was known to many scientists as the “First Lady of Physics” and played a pivotal role in experimentally demonstrating the violation of the law of conservation of parity in the field of particle physics.
- Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang received the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical work demonstrating that the conservation of parity did not always hold and later became American citizens.
- Har Gobind Khorana shared the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in genetics and protein synthesis.Samuel Chao Chung Ting received the 1976 Nobel Prize in physics for discovery of the subatomic particle J/ψ.
- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar shared the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics and had the Chandra X-ray Observatory named after him.
- In 1984, Dr. David D. Ho first reported the “healthy carrier state” of HIV infection, which identified HIV-positive individuals who showed no physical signs of AIDS.
- Charles J. Pedersen shared the 1987 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his methods of synthesizing crown ethers.
- Steven Chu shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research in cooling and trapping atoms using laser light.
- Daniel Tsui shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics in 1998 for helping discover the fractional Quantum Hall effect.
- In 2008, biochemist Roger Tsien won the Nobel in Chemistry for his work on engineering and improving the green fluorescent protein (GFP) that has become a standard tool of modern molecular biology and biochemistry.
- Yoichiro Nambu received the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the consequences of spontaneously broken symmetries in field theories.
- In 2009, Charles K. Kao was awarded Nobel Prize in Physics “for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibres for optical communication” and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan won the prize in Chemistry “for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome”.
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