Summary

2/12/2013--Introduced.Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2013 - Requires the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), acting through the Human Resources Directorate and not less... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Feb 12, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To increase the participation of historically underrepresented demographic groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and industry.

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 ``Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. GRANT PROGRAM TO INCREASE THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN AND UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES IN STEM FIELDS.

(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: (1) One of the core missions of the National Science Foundation is ``to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education''. (2) According to the National Academy of Sciences, STEM education at the undergraduate level is vital to developing a workforce that will allow the United States to remain the leader in the 21st century global economy. (3) According to the National Academy of Sciences, in order to maintain scientific and engineering leadership amid increasing economic and educational globalization, the United States must aggressively pursue the innovative capacity of all people in the United States--women and men. (4) According to the August 2011 report ``Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation'', the Department of Commerce found the following: (A) ``According to the Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey (ACS), women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but just 24 percent of STEM workers.''. (B) ``[B]etween 2000 and 2009, women's share of the STEM workforce remained constant at 24 percent, while their share of all college-educated workers...

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The American scientific enterprise functions at its best with smart people asking intelligent questions about important topics. To ensure that American science is always conducted at the highest caliber, we should work to recruit and retain talented scientists regardless of race or gender.

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I oppose S. 288: Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2013 because... Stop all the social program stuff and teach our young people reading, writing and arithmetic. They'll rise to the challenge on their own if you focus on those three things. And I'm not talking about the Common Core junk teaching of mathematics.

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SaveOurNation
AZ-4
1 year ago

I oppose S. 288: Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2013 because I am woman and I don't need the federal government's help to get a job. Time to focus on real issues: national debt would be a great place to start.

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as1orig
PA-11
2 years ago

I oppose S. 288 ("A bill to increase the participation of historically underrepresented demographic groups in science, technology, engineering,") because... on paper, it looks good, but in practice it's just another form of racism, masquerading as "diversity".

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FL
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willy-um
FL-7
2 years ago

I oppose S. 288 ("A bill to increase the participation of historically underrepresented demographic groups in science, technology, engineering,") This is a Local & State issue, stop wasting time on frivolous bills.

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UncleBlack
LA-3
2 years ago

I oppose S. 288 ("A bill to increase the participation of historically underrepresented demographic groups in science, technology, engineering,") because... this is just another way for the government to pick the winners and losers ... also another example of what and where the government should not be involved. After so many years of affirmative action and selective awards, grants and hand-outs with no change how can any reasonable and educated individual think it is a good practice? Check your Constitution ... does it specify this as a government responsibility... no therefore your vote should be in kind.

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kennyalligood
FL-12
2 years ago

Bill Summary

2/12/2013--Introduced.Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2013 - Requires the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), acting through the Human Resources Directorate and not less than one research directorate of the NSF, to award competitive grants to eligible entities to enable them to carry out the activities specified below in order to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Requires an eligible entity that receives a grant to use those grant funds to carry out the following activities designed to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields: (1) online workshops, (2) mentoring programs that partner STEM professionals with students, (3) internships for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM, and (4) conducting outreach programs providing elementary and secondary school students with opportunities to increase their exposure to STEM.

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