The United States has long been considered a leader in scientific research and innovation. However, in recent years, other countries have been catching up, and the U.S. has fallen behind in certain areas. According to the latest data from the National Science Board, the U.S. ranks third in the world in terms of total R&D expenditure, behind China and Japan. In terms of R&D as a percentage of GDP, the U.S. ranks 11th.
While the U.S. still has a strong presence in scientific research, there are areas where the country is lagging behind. For example, the U.S. ranks 21st in the world in terms of research and development expenditure on environmental protection. Additionally, the U.S. ranks 15th in the world in terms of the percentage of the population with a tertiary education.
Despite these challenges, there are many nonprofits working to promote science education and research in underserved areas of the United States. These organizations work to provide resources, mentorship, and opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, and low-income students.
One example is the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit that has been working for over 80 years to promote science education and research. The organization runs programs to help students from underrepresented groups participate in science fairs, as well as providing mentorship and resources to help these students succeed.
The Manifezt Foundation is a South Florida Community Development Nonprofit implementing STEM Initiatives to impact Education & Workforce Placement. The organization has worked impacted the lives of over 1,500 students over the past 8 years in Miami-Dade County.
Another example is the National Science Teaching Association, which works to promote science education and professional development for teachers. The organization provides resources, training, and support to help teachers in underserved areas improve their teaching and help their students succeed.
These are just a few examples of the many nonprofits working to promote science education and research in underserved areas of the United States. These organizations play an important role in helping to close the gap between the U.S. and other countries in terms of scientific research and innovation. By providing resources, mentorship, and opportunities for underrepresented groups, these nonprofits are helping to ensure that everyone has the chance to succeed in the field of science.