STEM Education & Workforce

FYI covers federal policies and programs focused on K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and informal education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, including those supported by the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and NASA.

17 Nov 2020

STEM education programs across federal agencies would see flat to moderately increased budgets under the House and Senate’s spending proposals for fiscal year 2021.

22 Sep 2020

The House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act continue multi-year efforts to address national security risks related to climate change, bolster and diversify the defense STEM workforce, and increase defense labs’ ability to collaborate and innovate.

18 Sep 2020

University representatives detailed pandemic-driven financial losses and other challenges facing their institutions to the House Science Committee, which is working to build support for research recovery legislation.

18 Aug 2020

This bulletin reviews provisions proposed for inclusion in Congress’ annual defense policy update that are focused on bolstering the “national security innovation base” and protecting federally funded research from exploitation by rival governments.

17 Aug 2020

The National Science Foundation is insisting that new discipline-specific emphasis areas included in its latest solicitation for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program will not change the way the agency reviews applications.

10 Jul 2020

Universities are suing to block a new policy by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would force international students to leave the country if they can only take online classes in the fall. Together with scientific societies, they have warned the policy could have catastrophic effects on the U.S. higher education system and the lives of countless students.

23 Jun 2020

President Trump’s suspension of wide swaths of visa programs through the end of the year has drawn an outcry from universities and businesses, especially given the inclusion of H-1B visas granted to highly skilled workers.

9 Jun 2020

An effort organized by Black physical scientists and allies calls on the research community to take specific actions to combat anti-Black racism.

2 Jun 2020

A new presidential proclamation bars entry to the U.S. for many Chinese graduate students and visiting researchers if they have ever been connected to Chinese institutions deemed to have military ties. The move comes as even stricter limits on Chinese nationals studying or conducting research in STEM fields are being proposed in Congress.

28 May 2020

The National Science Foundation would get a massive new technology directorate, and a new name, under a bipartisan bill unveiled this week that envisions pumping $100 billion into the agency over five years.