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Study Finds Science Pipeline Strong, But Losing Top Students

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Science  30 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5953, pp. 654
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_654a

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A new study finds little evidence for leaks in the U.S. pipeline for producing native-born scientists except for a steep drop in the percentage of the highest performing students taking science and engineering jobs. The findings suggest that the United States risks losing its economic competitiveness not because of a work force inadequately trained in science, as conventional wisdom holds, but because of a lack of social and economic incentives to pursue careers in science and technology.