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DOE Reworks Student Initiative to Prepare Energy Researchers

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Science  26 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5969, pp. 1069
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5969.1069-a

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has downsized a proposal to train more scientists and engineers to work in a low-carbon economy. Federal lawmakers worried that a $115 million education initiative dubbed RE-ENERGYSE (REgaining our ENERGY Science and Engineering Edge) designed to prepare technicians for jobs in the burgeoning clean-energy sector overlapped with other federal activities to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, and Congress did not give DOE any money for it in its 2010 budget. But this month, the president's 2011 budget request contains a slimmed-down RE-ENERGYSE, with a price tag of $50 million—$35 million for higher education and $15 million for technical training and precollege outreach.