Strengthening the scientific workforce has been and continues to be of importance for every state in America. Preparing an educated workforce to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations is important for scientific innovations and technological advancements, as well as economic development and competitiveness. As argued byCarenvale, Smith, and Melton (2011), “without a robust STEM workforce, we [the United States] will become less competitive in a global economy” (p. 6). In addition to expanding the nation’s workforce capacity in STEM, broadening participation and success in STEM is also important for women and racial and ethnic minorities, given their historical underrepresentation and the occupational opportunities associated with these fields.
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