The establishment of Graduate Research Diversity Supplements (GRDS) reflects the continuing effort by the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) at the National Science Foundation to promote increased participation of new Ph.D. students in all fields of engineering research with particular emphasis on individuals from underrepresented minorities in the U.S. The long-term goal of GRDS is to increase the number of persons from underrepresented groups in advanced academic and professional careers.
Recognizing the importance and impact of the program, the Directorate for Engineering is continuing GRDS for its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), Engineering Education and Centers (EEC), and Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP). It is anticipated that GRDS will help in the development of intellectual synergy between faculty and students, provide faculty with the opportunity to involve additional graduate students in on-going research programs, foster a learning and career advancement environment that supports students, and lead to greater retention of students from the underrepresented populations.
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