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STEM Education

Women and minorities make up 70 percent of college students, but only 45 percent of undergraduate STEM degree holders. This large pool of untapped talent is a great potential source of STEM professionals.

Women and minorities make up 70 percent of college students, but only 45 percent of undergraduate STEM degree holders. This large pool of untapped talent is a great potential source of STEM professionals.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills are required to be competitive in the global race for energy development, to create and maintain a healthy economy, and foster innovation and excellence. The Energy Department has many programs, internships, scholarships, and research programs  that are focused on developing the next generation of STEM professionals.

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity seeks to provide equal access in these opportunities for underrepresented groups in STEM, including minorities, Native Americans, and women. Women and minorities make up 70 percent of college students, but only 45 percent of undergraduate STEM degree holders. This large pool of untapped talent is a great potential source of STEM professionals. As the nation’s demographics are shifting and now most children under the age of one are minorities, it is critical that we close the gap in the number of minorities who seek STEM opportunities.

Download a powerpoint highlighting Energy Department STEM programs here.