This week, freshman Florida rep. Michael Waltz (R) and U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairwoman, Texas rep. Eddie Bernie Johnson (D) introduced the MSI STEM Achievement Act, which will improve participation in STEM at minority-serving institutions by increasing capacity for students that are in STEM curricula. It will encourage partnerships with industry and federal laboratories, and it will establish a liaison for MSIs within the federal government.
The bipartisan effort is meant to direct the National Science Foundation and Government Accountability office to have a better understanding of the challenges facing MSIs. In addition, the bill will also ensure that federal science agencies are actively engaging with MSIs, which will build research competitiveness and create opportunities for minority students to pursue careers in STEM.
Speaking on the importance of this bill, Chairwoman Johnson expressed that “with the demand for STEM skills at an all-time high, we must do more to increase the number of STEM graduates entering the workforce.”