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New Lure for Young Talent: Extreme Research

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Science  06 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5587, pp. 1633-1634
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5587.1633

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HOUSTON, TEXAS-- U.S. science funding agencies are expanding adventurous undergraduate research opportunities in an effort to encourage students to choose careers in science and engineering. According to the National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Indicators, the number of U.S.-born students pursuing Ph.D.s in the natural sciences and engineering declined more than 20% in the 1990s, despite the nation's increasingly technology-based economy. Offering undergraduates an inside look at cutting-edge research has long been considered a promising way to stem that tide.