NIH Awards $18.3 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

To remain competitive in our 21st century global economy, the nation must foster new opportunities, approaches, and technologies in math and science education. This begins with a coordinated effort to bolster science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.) education nationwide, starting at the earliest stages in education. Developing a more diverse and academically prepared workforce of individuals in S.T.E.M. disciplines will benefit all aspects of scientific and medical research and care.

As part of this national effort, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it is awarding approximately $18.3 million to researchers over two years to strengthen and enhance efforts to attract young people to biomedical and behavioral science careers and to improve science literacy in adults and children. These grants are part of the $5 billion in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that President Obama announced on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 on the NIH campus. The Recovery Act funds provide an opportunity to fuel the growing interest in mathematics and science and apply rigorous scientific methods to educational research to develop practical interventions for tomorrow's classrooms.

•Kwan H. Cheng, Ph.D. and Beth Thacker, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, Lubbock – An Assessment of Multimodal Physics Lab Intervention Efficacy in S.T.E.M. Education

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