$21 Million for STEM Grants


In order to bolster the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the U.S. Department of Education will provide more than $21 million in grants to fund 478 fellowships at colleges across the country.

The awards are part of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) initiative, which provides graduate fellowship programs to students who can demonstrate exceptional academic skill and financial need. These new grants will assist 163 students who major in STEM subjects, including chemistry, physics, biological sciences and computer science.

"TheseNew grants will help students earn graduate degrees in STEM subjects.
New grants will help students earn graduate degrees in STEM subjects.
grants support our ongoing efforts to help strengthen America's leadership in the 21st century by improving education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "This fellowship assistance helps increase the number of teachers with a strong background in math and science, as well as the number of graduate students who complete degrees in these areas."

The grants are part of a national plan to increase the number of employees entering the fast-growing STEM fields. According to a report by U.S. Department of Commerce, in the past decade, the number of STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs. As the four fields continue to see rapid expansion, it will become increasingly important for the U.S. to produce enough employees to fill open positions, especially those that require a master's degree.


Scott Brown