Broadening Participation in America’s STEM Workforce, CEOSE 2007–2008 Biennial Report to Congress

CEOSE, 09(01), National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA


This paper was presented at the 2009 meeting of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE)—an advisory committee to the National Science Foundation.

Throughout the two-year period beginning in January 2007, the National Science Foundation remained committed to and actively involved in broadening participation of underrepresented groups and underfunded institutions in STEM. A Broadening Participation Working Group was formed in 2007 to explore ways for increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in NSF programs and for diversifying the pool of reviewers of NSF proposals. The efforts of the Working Group culminated in a new agency-wide action plan for broadening participation at NSF. Also, the Foundation’s directorates and major program offices were actively engaged in developing strategic plans for broadening diversity, supporting specific programs, and addressing a number of challenges to involve underrepresented groups in the science and engineering enterprise.Finally, evaluation of NSF’s portfolio of broadening participation programs continued, with some notable outcomes of program success.