White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted a summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence. The summit included announcements of actions to eliminate barriers to the science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine ecosystem. Here is OSTP’s Blog on the STEMM Ecosystem.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one federal research agency providing holistic and lifelong support for learners, teachers, workers, and communities to participate in and contribute to science and technology. In this regard, NSF recently announced a program solicitation for the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology (S-STEM) program, which seeks to increase the number of low-income students who graduate with a S-STEM eligible degree and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. The annual scholarship amount has been increased to $20,000 per year for graduate students pursuing masters or Ph.Ds. degrees in eligible disciplines. Proposal deadlines are due in March 2023 and February 2024. NSF also launched the Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) program to annually support hundreds of thousands of graduate students training in semiconductor and microelectronics research and development.  NSF recently appointed Charles “Chuck” Barber to serve as chief diversity and inclusion officer responsible for providing vision, strategic leadership and management for ongoing agency programs and new initiatives related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. You can read more about Mr. Barber here.