To better reflect our mission and our practice, the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) has officially changed its name to
Graduate Fellowships for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Diversity, or GFSD.
A nation that fails to take advantage of the talents of all its citizens undermines national competitiveness and denies those excluded the opportunity to achieve their highest potential. As shown below, in spite of our best efforts, America continues to fall short of achieving diversity in STEM fields.
The predecessor of Graduate Fellowships for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Diversity was the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC). It was founded in 1989 "To increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool." Since inception, 425 fellows have received graduate degrees. NPSC's record of gender and ethnic diversity is well above national STEM levels and as good or better than any national fellowship program. (Data Sources: NSF) GFSD pledges to continue and improve this record of achieving STEM diversity.