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And toward that end, our national cadre of scientists and engineers should reflect the diversity of America that we now see in the general workforce. Here the science and engineering disciplines have a long way to go. Our national need for scientists and engineers cannot possibly be met by the traditional white-male population. We must focus on attracting women and our diverse minority populations to these professions.

Today, knowledge of science and technology is necessary for everyone, not just those who become scientists and engineers. For example, an automobile mechanic must deal with dozens of computers under the hood of the newest-model car. The challenge of building a broad science base for fundamental research, homeland security, a technically skilled workforce and for children competent in science and mathematics must begin in our primary schools. Only then will we be prepared in the 21st century.


In fiscal year 2001-’02, UCLA received a record $767.8 million in research funding, with $46 million coming from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Such funding supports UCLA research across a wide variety of departments and disciplines — research that plays a vital role in strengthening national security, enhancing economic infrastructure and expanding understanding of the natural world. In addition, NSF funds support graduate fellowships and foster the exchange of scientific information among scientists and engineers in the United States and around the world. Here are some current UCLA projects funded by NSF grants.

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