To provide for fulfilling the potential of women in academic science and engineering, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following: (1) Many reports over the past decade have found that it is critical to our Nation's economic leadership and global competitiveness that we educate and train more scientists and engineers. (2) In its 2007 report entitled ``Beyond Bias and Barriers'', the National Academies stated that, in order to maintain its scientific and engineering leadership amid increasing economic and educational globalization, the United States must aggressively pursue the innovative capacity of all of its people--women and men. (3) Research shows that the number of women who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers is reduced at every educational transition, from high school on through full professorships. (4) According to data compiled by National Science Foundation in 2006, women now earn about half of all science and engineering bachelor's degrees, but major variations persist among fields. For example, women still receive only 20 percent of all bachelor's degrees awarded in engineering and physics. (5) Even in science and engineering fields with a higher representation of women, such as the social and behavioral sciences, women remain underrepresented among university faculty. According...