The San Diego Foundation Science & Technology Program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education across the region, particularly among young adults underrepresented in the fields.
According to the 2016 CONNECT Innovation Report, the regional innovation sector accounts for more than 25 percent of San Diego’s economic activity (GDP). However, data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that while Latino and African American students account for 34 percent of undergraduate enrollment in the U.S., only 25 percent of bachelor’s degrees are awarded to them in STEM fields.
By increasing opportunities for STEM higher education, connecting young adults with paid internships in San Diego and establishing networks of current and prospective scientists, the Science & Technology Program creates a holistic approach that will support the regional innovation economy and San Diego residents for generations to come.
Since 1999, the Science & Technology Program has granted more than $8 million to hundreds of early career scientists and engineers at institutions and companies such as Mesa College, UC San Diego, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, J. Craig Venter Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego State University, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, San Diego Natural History Museum and more. The Program is funded in part by the Blasker-Rose-Miah and Reuben H. Fleet Funds at The San Diego Foundation.