Demand for Tech Workers Benefits Undergraduates

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Science  07 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5463, pp. 40-41
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5463.40

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The rising number of so-called H-1B visa applications, which allow U.S. companies to hire foreign technical workers, has created a pot of scholarship money at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Thousands of undergraduates majoring in computer science, engineering, and mathematics will soon be awarded scholarships under a new NSF program, established by the legislation that raised the cap on the annual number of visas, that is aimed at boosting the supply of homegrown skilled labor. And the number of such scholarships, earmarked for students on tight budgets, could jump significantly if Congress again raises the cap, as seems likely.