2023 Accomplishments: A Year in Review

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In 2023, Science is US continued our work to tell a compelling and inclusive story about U.S. STEM professionals in order to demonstrate the essential nature of science and engineering to the U.S. economy. We’re working to bridge the gap between the science and engineering community and business, agricultural and community leaders and policymakers. Specifically, we told individual stories of STEM professionals and highlighted the many different educational and career paths available for folks with interest in science, engineering, medicine, math and technology.

A few highlights from US below:

  • Building on our paradigm-shifting analysis released in 2020, we released People of Science in 2023. Among the key findings are that STEM professionals make up 34.3% of the nation’s workforce (an increase from 32.7% in 2017) and 55.4% of those STEM professionals do not hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • We further solidified our state-based networks with the official launch of Science is US New Mexico, a new partnership with the New Mexico Society of Association Executives.
  • We reinvigorated our core social media campaign emphasizing the breadth and depth of U.S. STEM professionals. Individuals—including an accountant, a compliance manager for medical cannabis and a biological anthropologist—from 11 different states were featured.
  • Together with lead state partner organizations, we co-hosted events with hundreds of collective attendees, including a three-part series examining the economics of climate change in Maine.
  • Our team attended the 2023 National Conference of State Legislatures and staffed a Science is US booth to connect with state legislators. We shared tools to use science to improve policy decision-making, spot misleading statistics and determine whether evidence is sound.
  • Over the course of the year, our efforts garnered media coverage in a number of print and broadcast outlets including News Center MaineFirst Coast Connect and Wyoming Public Radio.
  • In response to requests from state legislators, we bolstered our Resource Center by adding artificial intelligence and extreme weather resources.
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