EDITORIAL

A Volunteer Army for Science

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Science  16 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5989, pp. 257
DOI: 10.1126/science.1194900

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Late last year, President Obama announced an “Educate to Innovate” campaign to increase the engagement and performance of America's students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The United States has more than a million scientists and engineers over 60 years of age with bachelor's degrees or higher, and nearly 600,000 doctoral students and 50,000 postdoctoral trainees in STEM fields. Existing volunteer programs prove that if the government were to dedicate new federal resources, tens of thousands of volunteers could be recruited from these groups and trained to help the United States achieve its national goals.