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President Obama urges US to raise number of professionals in STEM career fields

When the President of the United States mentions the same topic in several speeches, it must be vitally important.  President Barack Obama seems passionate about bringing the US back up in the rankings for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.  He has referenced this goal in the 2011 State of the Union addressthe 2012 budget proposal, and the Presidential Proclamation that March 2011 is National Women’s History Month.  A few decades back, this country was a world leader in these fields, but has for many years fallen behind most of the key nations around the planet.

In 2008, America ranked 25th in math and 21st in science out of 30 industrialized nations. The United States also trails at least 19 countries that produce more scientists and engineers, evidenced by only 16% of college graduates obtaining STEM degrees.  By contrast, nearly half (47%) of Chinese graduates have majors in the STEM fields.

In the 2012 budget proposal, President Obama calls for funding to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers for grades K-12 over the next decade. The good news for Arizona students is that Arizona State University is actively recruiting future science teachers, and is backing up their invitation with substantial scholarships.  The STARR Noyce Scholarship program provides qualified students with $13,000 to $17,000 per student per year,

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