Appropriations Update: CGS Urges Robust Funding for Scientific Research and Graduate Education Programs

This week, CGS President Suzanne T. Ortega sent a letter to Congressional Leaders urging robust funding for scientific research and graduate education programs for Fiscal Year 2023. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE-Office of Science), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal research agencies provide essential support to graduate students through core research grants, as well as graduate education programs. Read more.

Members of Congress Oppose EPSCoR Funding Allocation in Bipartisan Innovation Act

A bipartisan and bicameral group of Members of Congress recently sent a letter to Conference Committee Leaders – Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) regarding negotiations to reconcile the differences between the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521) and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USCIA) (S. 1260). Read more.

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. 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. Read more.

Senate Committee Approves Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Nomination

On May 25, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) approved the nomination of Dr. Nasser H. Paydar to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education. In March 2022, CGS sent a letter of support for Dr. Paydar’s nomination to Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC), and the full Committee Membership. Read more.

Department of Energy Announces Support for Historically Underrepresented Groups

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $40 million to provide research opportunities to historically underrepresented groups in STEM and diversify American leadership in the physical and climate sciences. Read more.

ICE Clarifies Continuation of March 2020 Guidance for the 2022-23 Academic Year

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released guidance regarding the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Read more.

Department of Education Announces Application Deadlines for Federal Work Study and Other Programs

The Department of Education issued a federal register notice this week regarding important deadline dates for student aid programs. Read more.