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Directorate for Biological Sciences

Research Assistantships for High School Students  (RAHSS)


See program guidelines for contact information.


NSF celebrates the progress that U.S. universities have made in bringing diversity to the science and engineering enterprise. Strategies to successfully broaden participation during pre-college years will help ensure a diverse pool of future students, faculty and researchers. As a part of a new or renewal NSF proposal or as a supplemental funding request to an existing NSF Award, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will consider requests that:

  • Foster interest in the pursuit of studies in the Biological Sciences; and
  • Broaden participation of high school students, particularly those who are underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and women in sub-disciplines where they are underrepresented.

For further details, see Dear Colleague Letter: NSF 12-078



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