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Fewer Minorities Under New NSF Rules

Science  16 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5413, pp. 411-412
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5413.411a

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Last month the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected 900 aspiring young scientists to receive its prestigious graduate research fellowships. But the news was tempered by the fact that the number of minorities chosen had dropped by more than half from last year's total, from 175 to 76. The decline, following the cancellation of a separate competition for underrepresented minorities begun 20 years ago, is the latest fallout from legislative and judicial rulings prohibiting the use of race as a selection criterion in education.