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April 17, 2014

The PECASE Winners Offer Advice

After meeting President Barack Obama, the winners of America's most prestigious early-career award offer advice to other early-career scientists.

July 31, 2009

Reshuffling Graduate Training

Nobelist Roald Hoffmann believes that taking graduate students off grants and giving them fellowships would be good for U.S. science. But others say such a radical change isn't in the cards.

April 04, 2008

A Competitive Fellowship

June 09, 2006

Diversity Remains Elusive for Flagship NSF Program

May 26, 2006

NIH Wants Better Results From Minority Programs

January 20, 2006

Do Minority-Training Programs Work?

Asked to assess the programs, the panel threw up its hands.

November 25, 2005

U.S. Plans Suit to Stop Minority-Only Programs

The case is the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle over federal programs aimed at boosting the tiny percentage of Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans in the scientific workforce.

November 04, 2005

A Glass Ceiling for Asian Scientists?

Asian scientists are a major presence in U.S. biomedical research labs. So why do so few hold leadership positions?

August 29, 2003

NSF, Academics Told to Act As If They Mean It

The workshop supplemented a new report on national workforce policies from NSF's oversight body, the National Science Board, that laments what it calls an inadequate supply of domestic scientific talent.

August 01, 2003

NIH Program Gives Minorities a Chance to Make Their MARC

Each year, MARC gives 700 talented undergraduates an intensive introduction to the life of a scientist, subsidizing their education, putting them to work in the lab, and offering one-on-one career counseling.

July 25, 2003

Aid to Minority Schools is Political Hot Potato

A $250 million bill, proposed by Senator George Allen (R-VA), hopes to help African American, Native American, and Hispanic undergraduates, but it may jeopardize other NSF minority programs.

June 06, 2003

Report Asks Colleges to Plug A Leaky People Pipeline

If we succeed in improving the climate for undergraduate and graduate students, we can have a dramatic impact on the number of students trained for scientific careers by 2010.

May 23, 2003

Scientific Workforce: Down for the Count?

U.S. students are avoiding science degrees, industry is worried about filling high-tech jobs, and graduate programs are overflowing with foreigners. That's the accepted wisdom. But how true is it?

November 15, 2002

Graduate Student Unions: Labor Seeks Fertile Ground On Ivy-Covered Campuses

Graduate student unions aren't a new phenomenon at state universities. But their presence at elite private schools is raising the ante for scientists.

November 15, 2002

Graduate Student Unions: Collaboration Pays Off for Postdocs

Child-care subsidies, a new benefit for postdocs at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, are a top priority for organizers.

December 07, 2001

Parenting and Career Progression: Women Tend to Suffer

Married women with children are less likely to be full professors than those without. The opposite is now true for men.

August 31, 2001

Student Research: What is it Good For?

After decades of blind faith, educators are finally beginning to investigate what makes for a good research experience.

May 18, 2001

New Data in Chemistry Show Zero Diversity

January 19, 2001

Student Survey Highlights Mismatch of Training, Goals

September 15, 2000

U.S. Postdocs: Report Urges Better Treatment, Status