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Why science fairs matter in America

American science fairs help high school students put the STEM lessons they've learned to the test. Read what a veteran judge says about them.
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The math genius behind Pluto’s discovery

American women have long guided U.S. space exploration. Learn more about the female mathematician who helped discover Pluto
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Study abroad prepares students for success

The 2019 Open Doors report shows the benefits of international student exchanges, enhancing students' ability to succeed.
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U.S. mathematician is first woman to win ‘math’s Nobel’

Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, a U.S. professor whose work has led to some of the most dramatic advances in mathematics in 40 years.
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Team USA solves for victory at international math competition

For the third time in four years, Team USA ranked first in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the standard for excellence in youth mathematics.
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NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson celebrates 100th birthday

Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician whose calculations for NASA were part of a blockbuster movie, just celebrated her 100th birthday.
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A $1 million prize for making smartphones possible

The computer industry shrugged when two engineering professors said they'd found a simpler way to make chips. But today 99 percent of smartphones and devices use their method, and they're $1 million richer.
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The woman behind your GPS

Meet Gladys West, whose mathematical calculations changed the world. Now 87, West looks back on her role as a pivotal player in the development of GPS technology.
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Here’s a free poster that celebrates careers in science, math

More women are making their mark in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Take the leap and think about a career in STEM!