News From the Field
Study: Race Plays a Minor Role in Forging Facebook Friendships
October 29, 2010
Race may not be as important as previously thought in determining who befriends whom, suggests a new study of American college students' habits on Facebook. The strongest attraction, the researchers found, turned out to be old-fashioned social pressure: For the average student, the tendency to reciprocate a friendly overture is seven times stronger than the attraction of a shared racial background.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Get News Updates by Email
Useful NSF Web Sites:
NSF Home Page: https://www.nsf.gov
NSF News: https://www.nsf.gov/news/
For the News Media: https://www.nsf.gov/news/newsroom.jsp
Science and Engineering Statistics: https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/
Awards Searches: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/