PROGRAMS AUTHORIZED—The Director [of the National Science Foundation] shall award grants to 4-year institutions of higher education to facilitate the institutions’ creation or improvement of professional science master’s degree programs that may include linkages between institutions of higher education and industries that employ science-trained personnel, with an emphasis on practical training and preparation for the workforce in high-need fields.

—U.S. Congress, America COMPETES Act (H.R. 2272), passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President of the United States (Summer 2007)

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