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NSF Misfires on Plan to Revamp Minority Programs

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Science  23 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5990, pp. 376
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5990.376

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Everybody agrees that U.S. colleges and universities need to prepare more minority students to enter careers in science and engineering. But almost nobody likes a new plan by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fold three programs aimed at achieving that goal into a still-to-be-defined initiative. Scientists and university administrators involved in the programs are up in arms, and Congress is telling NSF to go back to the drawing board.