National Science Foundation Minority Student Development Programs
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the major funding agency for science and mathematics education in the United States. The NSF also coordinates programs promoting science, math, and technology with other federal and state agencies. These programs focus on all levels of education, from preschool to graduate school and beyond. Many of the science and math programs the sons in this book participated in are, at least partially, funded by the NSF. The National Science Foundation annually documents the number of science and mathematics degrees awarded to minority students as part of their stated goal of increasing the numbers of minorities in science and mathematics.
NSF student development programs are grouped into three areas of focus: precollege, undergraduate, and graduate.
Precollege opportunities, aimed at elementary- and secondary-school students, are grouped under Career Access Opportunities in Science and Technology (CAO). The three programs supported under this initiative are Comprehensive Regional Centers for Minorities (CRCM), Summer Science Camps (SSC), and Partnerships for Minority Student Achievement (PMSA). All three programs aim to forge alliances between schools, institutions of higher education, community organizations, and private industry both to foster minority student interest in science, math, and technology and to increase minority performance in these fields.
Undergraduate programs provide outreach assistance and scholarships to increase the number of degrees awarded to minorities in science, math, and technology. The two programs supported under this initiative are the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) program and the Research Careers for Alinority Scholars (RCMS) program. The