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STEM is an acronym for the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Typically, this term is used to describe school curriculum as it relates to our nation’s competitiveness in technology and workplace development. STEM advocates say there are many unfilled well-paying jobs for workers possessing STEM skills including machinists, equipment operators, technicians, and jobs in sciences and manufacturing. Studies have shown that 65% of those with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field earn more than those with a master’s degree in non-STEM jobs. Also, 47% of those with bachelor’s degrees in STEM occupations earn more than PhDs in non-STEM occupations. Even so, many young people are still reluctant to study fields that require STEM curriculum. Some of the reasons for this include a lack of knowledge about STEM courses, the challenging nature of these subjects, and not being adequately prepared to study STEM courses. And even though women now earn nearly 40% of all STEM bachelor's degrees, they earn only 19% of all bachelor's degrees awarded in engineering and only 18% in computer sciences. Advocates say one reason for this underrepresentation is that many women and minorities who are interested in these STEM careers often are not encouraged by teachers and employers to pursue these fields.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.467 – STEM Opportunities Act of 2015




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current science, technology, engineering, and mathematics field policy and wish to defeat H.R.467 – STEM Opportunities Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support researching and increasing understanding of the participation and trajectories of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM careers at institutions of higher education and Federal science agencies; identifying, disseminating, and implementing best practices at these institutions to remove or reduce cultural and institutional barriers limiting the recruitment, retention, and success of women and underrepresented minorities in academic and Government STEM research careers; providing grants to institutions of higher education to recruit, retain, and advance STEM faculty members from underrepresented minority groups and to implement or expand reforms in undergraduate STEM education in order to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups receiving degrees in these fields, and wish to pass H.R.467 – STEM Opportunities Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) and/or Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support researching and increasing understanding of the participation and trajectories of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM careers at institutions of higher education and Federal science agencies; identifying, disseminating, and implementing best practices at these institutions to remove or reduce cultural and institutional barriers limiting the recruitment, retention, and success of women and underrepresented minorities in academic and Government STEM research careers; providing grants to institutions of higher education to recruit, retain, and advance STEM faculty members from underrepresented minority groups and to implement or expand reforms in undergraduate STEM education in order to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups receiving degrees in these fields, and wish to pass H.R.467 – STEM Opportunities Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) and/or Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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February 20, 2020
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March 4, 2020
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