Job growth in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields over the next decade is expected to far outpace the national average, yet current estimates show that fewer and fewer high school students are interested in STEM careers. As a result, the pipeline of skilled academicians and researchers is starting to run dry, leaving America behind in the global economy.
To combat this worrying trend, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has introduced the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. This enables institutions of higher education to apply for grants that they can then use to recruit, retain, and graduate academically talented, financially needy students interested in pursuing a degree in the STEM fields.
With only 80 to 100 grants awarded annually, however, competition is fierce. So it's all the more notable that among the proposals selected this fall was one submitted jointly by UAH and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to fund the UAH-HudsonAlpha Outreach Partnership (UHOP).