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T metrics resulting from the 20 block allocation exercise.

 
Variable Description
H number of blocks in the horizontal dimension of the T
V number of blocks in the vertical dimension of the T
HV aspect ratio of the T. Measured by dividing H by V. HV > 1 trends toward multidisciplinarity; HV < 1 trends toward a single disciplinary focus
ΔHV change in the future aspect ratio relative to the present (ΔHV = HVfuture/HVpresent). ΔHV > 1 indicates a change toward increasing multidisciplinarity. ΔHV < 1 indicates a change toward greater disciplinarity.



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Patterns in T profiles among Coastal Institute IGERT Project students. Values presented are means and standard errors (in parentheses). Variable names are given in Table 1. The t-tests were used to determine if group means were the same. One-sample t-tests were used to determine if HV values were significantly different from 1 (equal commitment to disciplinary and multidisciplinary research). The F-max test was used to test if group variances were equal. “Future” refers to 5 to 10 years post-doctorate.

 
Group HV now HV future ΔHV
All Students (n = 23) 2.0 (0.5) 1.5 (0.2) 1.0 (0.1)
Probability HV = 1 0.04 0.02 0.73
Gender
Female (n = 16) 2.1 (0.7) 1.4 (0.2) 1.0 (0.1)
Male (n = 7) 1.8 (0.4) 1.5 (0.3) 1.1 (0.3)
Probability genders are the same 0.71 0.80 0.84
Probability variances are the same 0.04 0.88 0.58
Natural vs. social scientists
Natural (n = 16) 1.4 (0.2) 1.4 (0.2) 1.2 (0.2)
Social (n = 7) 3.6 (1.4) 1.7 (0.5) 0.6 (0.1)
Probability disciplines are same 0.16 0.42 0.02
Probability variances are the same <0.0001 0.06 0.02