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The people pipeline: Student's story illustrates how EPSCoR supports developing scientists

The people pipeline: Student's story illustrates how EPSCoR supports developing scientists

Just as laboratories need pipelines for water and natural gas, they also need a “pipeline” that provides a continuous supply of people able to conduct research there. Making sure the people pipeline is full of well-trained individuals from its source in the elementary grades to its outlet in the academic and commercial laboratories of the world is one of the most important goals of Delaware’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR.

“Expanding the pipeline of students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM fields — is a matter of national importance,” says Jeanette Miller, director of education, outreach and diversity for Delaware EPSCoR. “The cornerstone of EPSCoR is building research capacity through infrastructure improvements, and that includes developing people as well as building facilities and buying equipment.”

By linking the four institutions of higher education in Delaware that offer science degrees, EPSCoR also provides alternative pathways for nontraditional students and members of underrepresented groups that might not otherwise find their way to a STEM career. Pursuing a research career can be daunting, but Delaware EPSCoR provides both the financial and personal support that aspiring scientists often need to persevere.