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Excerpt from: FYI -The AIP bulletin of science news

Excerpt from: FYI -The AIP bulletin of science news
by Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics

EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES:

The Administration requested a cut of 12.4 % or $104.4 million for Education and Human Resources, from $841.4 million to $737.0 million.

The Senate bill recommends a cut of 11.2% or $94.4 million to $747.0 million.

The House bill recommends a cut of 4.1% or $34.4 million to $807.0 million.

"The Committee strongly encourages NSF to continue support for undergraduate science and engineering education. At a time when enrollment in STEM fields of study continues to decline, it is important that NSF use its position to support students working towards degrees in these areas.

"NSF plays a significant role in attracting more of the best and brightest students in the Nation into the science, mathematics, engineering, and technology fields. The Committee urges NSF to work towards increasing the number of women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups to the greatest extent possible.

"To address the importance of broadening science and technology participation to minorities, the Committee recommendation includes the amounts in the budget request for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities--Undergraduate Program [HBCU-UP], the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program and the HBCU-Research University Science & Technology [THRUST] initiative within the Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology [CREST] program. The Committee also supports the budget request for the Tribal Colleges and Universities program. In past years, these programs had been routinely cut, however, NSF has chosen to keep funding these programs near prior year funding levels. The Committee is supportive of this decision and anticipates that further attempts to cut these programs will not occur.

"The Committee has included $100,000,000 for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research [EPSCoR], of which at least $65,000,000 shall be used for the Research Infrastructure Improvement [RII] component supporting research areas aligned with statewide EPSCoR science and technology priorities. [The House bill provided $97.0 million.]

"Finally, the Committee rejects the administration's continued request to have the Math and Science Partnership [MSP] program only exist at the Department of Education. Current activities initiated by MSP are only beginning to provide measurable results and have yet to be ready for implementation on a nationwide basis. The MSP program is an important asset in providing improved math and science education by partnering local school districts with faculty of colleges and universities. For this purpose an increase of $4,000,000 above the budget request is provided to the MSP program to be used to fund activities that are not being addressed by the companion program at the Department of Education." [The House bill provided the requested $60.0 million.]

Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
fyi@aip.org
301-209-3095