STEM funding and research opportunities on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) is a nonprofit funded by the National Science Foundation.  Our website, is a great one-stop-shop portal resource for finding paid summer research, graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships, and professional development materials for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funding the STEM Intern Driving Force November 3, 2015 A new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Economy on the preponderance of college students active in the U.S. workforce prompted me to reflect on a vivid memory of my science policy students who participated in Cornell University’s semester-long Washington, D.C., program. The program’s purpose was to expose undergraduates to public policy through the classroom and an internship, which would help them determine whether this was an attractive application of the baccalaureate degree they expected to earn in a STEM field.   AAAS CEO Rush Holt at the AAAS Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta AAAS Town Hall Meeting seeks input on how association can better serve society Thursday, October 1, 2015 AAAS CEO Rush Holt recently met with AAAS members, donors, and others in Atlanta, Georgia to seek input on how the association can better serve society and become a more effective advocate for the scientific community. How can a math undergrad get his career on track? Ask A Member August 31, 2015 Q: AAAS Member Brad Halibert of Lethbridge, Canada writes: Where is the industry going, and where should I focus my studies to be ahead of it? I graduated last year with a B.S. in mathematics and am finding it extremely challenging even finding entry level/junior positions to get my career on track. I'm looking into other possibilities, such as becoming fluent in some programming languages to help my employability, and possibly finishing a computer science degree. Anyone with any insight or ideas or even just someone to talk to would be greatly appreciated. David Voorhees champions community-college science David Voorhees champions community-college science Member Spotlight June 12, 2015 Most of the thousands of earth-science students geologist David Voorhees has taught over the years haven’t majored in his discipline, or earned degrees in science at all. Nonetheless, he considers them to be his rock-solid success stories. Strategies for Bridging the Academia-Industry Gap Strategies for bridging the academia-industry gap Driving Force June 30, 2015 Students who decide to make a last-minute leap from academia to industry often find themselves in an academia-industry career gap, struggling to land their first jobs in fields for which they have been inadequately trained. Are core American values an advantage in the R&D workplace? Driving Force May 8, 2015 A recent editorial with the unfortunate title, “Why America’s Obsession with STEM Education is Dangerous,” nevertheless offers a cross-cultural perspective that has been missing from the national conversation on STEM as preparation for careers, a relentlessly innovative economy, and what is lost in the process. Two contradictions feed the backlash by some against STEM. One is an alleged imbalance of emphasis on STEM versus liberal-arts education—a false dichotomy if there ever was one. The other is the disconnect between U.S. preeminence in innovation, research and development on the one hand, and our students’ lagging international rankings on math, science, and reading tests on the other.  VIDEO: STEM diversity conference showcases global workforce of the future Video March 18, 2015 If there is a lack of diversity in STEM in the U.S., you wouldn’t know it here. The recent 2015 Emerging Researchers Network Conference in STEM (ERN) in Washington, D.C., was a beehive of activity as more than 750 students from across the nation gathered to present research, hear speakers, do workshops and network. VIDEO: James Kakalios uses comic superheros to teach science Video March 10, 2015 University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios grew up reading comic books. He was a fan of The Flash, Spiderman and The Fantastic Four, among others. In 2001, he taught a freshman seminar that focused on the physics of superheroes as a way to motivate students. The course was wildly popular and lead to his authoring two books on the subject, The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics. VIDEO: Google's Vint Cerf recalls early days of Internet, road ahead Video March 03, 2015 Forty years ago, two computer engineers at UCLA—Vinton 'Vint' Cerf and Robert 'Bob' Kahn—created a common communication protocol that would allow data to flow from computer to computer across the Internet. Known as TCP/IP, it earned them the A.M. Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science, as well as the moniker "fathers of the Internet."