National Science Board Report on International STEM Talent

The National Science Board recently issued a brief report on the importance of international STEM talent to the U.S. economy. Specifically, the report says that “new data suggests that the U.S. is becoming less attractive to international talent, and that if the country is to remain at the forefront of innovation and discovery: it must proactively and broadly talent and reduce deterrents to studying or working in the U.S.” The report highlights the decline in international student enrollment over the past few years, with a precipitous decline in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decline in international student enrollments is affecting the ability of academia and industry to hire STEM workers and impacting the research being done at university laboratories.