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NSF to Take Closer Look at How Support Shapes Careers

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Science  10 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5263, pp. 806
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5263.806


The U.S. government spends more than a billion dollars a year on a variety of programs to support graduate students in science and engineering. But there is scant information on which mechanisms—individual fellowships, institutional traineeships, or grant-funded research assistantships—work best in getting young scientists launched on a successful career. Now the country's two leading research agencies—the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health—are hoping to come up with some answers.