Late last year, the 117th Congress passed and President Biden signed into law the FY2023 Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act. While this Act included important increases for higher education programs and scientific research, it also included congressionally directed spending, commonly known as earmarks, that benefit graduate education. Below are a few earmarks that benefit graduate education at CGS member-institutions:
- $50 million to the University of Alabama for an endowment fund to support the recruitment and retention of science and engineering faculty
- $3 million to the University of Texas at Dallas for semiconductor workforce development programs
- $3 million to Missouri State University for an endowment fund to support recruitment and retention of faculty in health and life sciences
- $2.16 million to the University of California-San Diego for pipelines into STEM careers
- $1,995,000 to Morgan State University for a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program
- $1.5 million to Northern Illinois University for microchip research and training
- $1 million to Northeastern University for an associate’s to master’s degree accelerator program
- $1 million to UC Berkeley for a social science research and postdoctoral pipeline program
- $1 million to the University of Rhode Island for the purchase of equipment for a high-performance computing project
- $1 million to the University of Hawaii for an indigenous data sciences hub
- $950,000 to Towson University for a teacher workforce pipeline program
- $500,000 to the University of Central Florida for academic research on Puerto Rico
- $460,584 to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center for an injury and violence prevention center
- $204,800 to the National Veteran Memorial and Museum Operating Corporation in Columbus Ohio for graduate-level instruction to veterans including scholarships.
The list above is a snapshot of a few earmarks found in the FY2023 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education section. Additional information about earmarks in the FY2023 omnibus appropriations act can be found on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee website.