An advisor like me? Advisor gender and post-graduate careers in science

Patrick Gaule, Mario Piacentini

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We investigate whether having an advisor of the same gender is correlated with the productivity of PhD science students and their propensity to stay in academic science. Our analysis is based an original dataset - combined from dissertation abstracts, faculty directories and bibliometric data - covering nearly 20,000 PhD graduates and their advisors from U.S. chemistry departments. We find that students working with advisors of the same gender tend to be more productive during the PhD; and that female students working with female advisors are considerably more likely to become faculty themselves. We suggest that the under-representation of women in science and engineering faculty positions may perpetuate itself through the lower availability of same-gender advisors for female students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805 - 813
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number4
Early online date4 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • Doctoral research
  • Gender
  • Role models
  • Universities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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