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Wanted--A Better Way to Boost Numbers of Minority Ph.D.s

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Science  28 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5381, pp. 1268-1270
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5381.1268

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By eliminating the minority component of its prestigious graduate fellowship program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has signaled it is searching for a new way to carry out its mandate to increase the numbers of students from underrepresented minority groups who enter science and engineering. NSF's action comes in the wake of a string of legal and political reversals for affirmative action programs that have sent institutions--both public and private--scrambling to find ways to diversify the scientific work force without running afoul of the law.