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January 05, 2021

H.R. 204, the STEM Opportunities Act

Bill Status: Passed the House as part of the America COMPETES Act

Last Action: February 4, 2022

Follow the bill's progress here.

Floor Statement

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)


H.R. 204, the STEM Opportunities Act


This bill provides for guidance, data collection, and grants for groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at institutions of higher education (IHEs) and at federal science agencies.

One-Page Summary


American Association of Physics Teachers

American Astronomical Society

American Chemical Society

American Geophysical Union

American Mathematical Society

American Physical Society

American Physiological Society

American Political Science Association

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society for Microbiology 

American Society for Engineering Education

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Assembly

Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Consortium of Social Science Associations

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences 

“The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) strongly supports the need for increased behavioral and cognitive science research, interagency cooperation, and other federal steps and policies for identifying and countering implicit and explicit bias and other psychological factors and structural inequities that hinder the advancement of women, minorities, and other historically underrepresented groups in STEM.” - Philip Rubin, Ph.D., President-elect, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) 

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society


MIT Graduate Student Council

State University System of Florida

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Society of Women Engineers