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...