Sunday, March 25, 2007

National Foundation for American Policy

An estimated 60 percent of the top science and 65 per cent of the top math students in America are kids of immigrants mainly from India and China, according to new study conducted by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP).The study by NFAP, an Arlington, Virginia-based public policy group, states that foreign-born professionals and students are contributing more to the US than previously thought -- their children are rising intellectual superstars and without them the nation's technological and scientific standing is at risk.It further says that foreign-born high school students make up 50 per cent of the 2004 US Math Olympiad's top scorers, 38 per cent of the US Physics Team and 25 percent of the Intel Science Talent Search finalists – the United States' most prestigious awards for young scientists and mathematicians.The study also pointed out that now more than 50 per cent of the engineers with PhDs working in the United States are foreign-born, according to the National Science Foundation. In addition, 45 per cent of math and computer scientists with PhDs as well as life scientists and physicists are foreign- born.

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