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Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE)

The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) is a congressionally mandated advisory committee to the National Science Foundation.

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§ 1885c. Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering

(a) Establishment; purposes
There is established within the Foundation a Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (hereinafter referred to as the “Committee”). The Committee shall provide advice to the Foundation concerning

(1) the implementation of the provisions of sections 1885 to 1885d of this title and
(2) other policies and activities of the Foundation to encourage full participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in scientific, engineering, and professional fields


1998-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105-207, § 202(d)(2)(A), substituted “minorities, and persons with disabilities in scientific” for “minorities, and other groups currently underrepresented in scientific”.

List of CEOSE Members


Pathways to Broadening Participation in Response to the CEOSE 2011-2012 CEOSE Recommendation

The 2011-2012 CEOSE (Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering) report requested that NSF launch a bold new initiativefor broadening participation (BP) with the goal of eventually having the participation of NSF-supported scientists and engineers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields mirror the population of the Nation. The NSF BP Working Group examined CEOSE’s request and developed an array of options to augment the Foundation’s on-going efforts in broadening participation in STEM.

Full Report
Summary Brochure


Every two years, the Committee shall prepare and transmit to the Director a report on its activities during the previous two years and proposed activities for the next two years. The Director shall transmit to Congress the report, unaltered, together with such comments as the Director deems appropriate.

2013-2014 Biennial Report
  Report Flyer
2011-2012: Biennial Report
  Report Flyer
2009-2010: Biennial Report
2007-2008: Biennial Report
2005-2006: Biennial Report
1994-2003: Executive Summary of Decennial Report
1994-2004: Decennial (1994-2003) & 2004 Biennial Report
  Appendix D
2002: Biennial Report
2000: Executive Summary
  Biennial Report
1998: Biennial Report
1996: Biennial Report


The next CEOSE meeting will be held on June 8 - 9, 2017 at the National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia. If you have any further questions, please contact Bernice Anderson (, CEOSE Executive Secretary or Victoria Fung, CEOSE Administrative Coordinator (


  • CEOSE 2017 October Virtual Meeting (Virtual setting is only for Members; October 12, 2017)



2017 February 9 - 10, 2017 (Agenda|Minutes)
  June 8 - 9, 2017 (Agenda|Minutes)
2016 February 25 - 26, 2016 (Agenda|Minutes)
  June 8 - 9, 2016 (Agenda|Minutes)
  October 13-14, 2016 (Agenda|Minutes)
2015 February 25 - 26, 2015 (Agenda|Minutes)
  June 24 - 25, 2015 (Agenda|Minutes)
  October 15, 2015 (Agenda|Minutes)
2014 February 11-12 (Agenda|Minutes|Recommendation Handout
  June 19-20 (Agenda|Minutes)
  October 16 (Agenda|Minutes)
2013 February 25-26 (Agenda|Minutes)
  June 19-20 (Agenda|Minutes)
2012 February 28-29 (Agenda|Minutes)
June 19-20 (Agenda|Minutes)
February 8-9 (Agenda|Minutes)
  June 13-14 (Agenda|Minutes)
  October 17-18 (Agenda|Minutes)
March 8-9 (Agenda|Minutes)
June 29-30 (Agenda|Minutes)
October 25-26 (Agenda|Minutes)
February 19-20 (Agenda|Minutes)
June 29-30 (Agenda|Minutes)
October 26-27 (Agenda|Minutes)
October 27-28 Mini-Symposium on Women of Color in STEM (Report|Presentations)
February 25-26 (Agenda | Minutes)
June 16-17 (Agenda)| Minutes)
  October 29 (Mini-Symposium Agenda)
  October 29 (Symposium Report)
October 30-31 (Agenda| Minutes)
June 5-6 
October 15 "CEOSE Mini-Symposium"
Presentations | Final Report
  October 16-17
October 17-18