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Photo of a group of undergraduate students in a grassy field with caption that reads: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he or she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. These experiences have inspired many students to pursue careers in research and science. REU Sites make a special effort to recruit from groups underrepresented in science and engineering.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students thought its REU Sites program. These experiences have inspired many students to pursue careers in research and science. REU Sites make a special effort to recruit from groups underrepresented in science and engineering. (Click image for link to program) Credit: Val Sloan

Strategic Goal 1 — Empower:
Empower STEM talent to fully participate in science and engineering

S&E are key to the nation's economic progress, and people are the core of America's scientific progress. To accelerate the advancement of discovery and learning, prepare for a world in which work is increasingly reliant upon scientific and technological skills and ensure that all citizens share in the benefits that flow from research, we must promote inclusion in the research community and STEM workforce, access to STEM learning and training and widespread STEM literacy.

Our global competitiveness depends critically on the readiness of the nation's STEM workforce, but millions of talented individuals are missing from that workforce. NSF seeks to empower these missing millions15 by making strategic investments in researchers and research training to harness the talents and creativity of America's diverse population. NSF also supports research into practical ways to promote a scientifically literate U.S. population that is well prepared for the economy and challenges of the 21st century.

NSF also supports research into practical ways to promote a scientifically literate U.S. population that is well prepared for the economy and challenges of the 21st century.

Strategic Objective 1.1 — Ensure accessibility and inclusivity
Increase the involvement of communities underrepresented in STEM and enhance capacity throughout the nation.

Strategic Objective 1.2 — Unleash STEM talent for America
Grow a diverse STEM workforce to advance the progress of science and technology.



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