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The process to elect the U.S. Rhodes Scholars for 2021 has been completed virtually for the first time as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe. Among the winners is Swathi Srinivasan, a senior at Harvard University from Beachwood, Ohio. (Nov. 22)

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To thrive, minorities and women in STEM need to feel like they belong. Too often, they don’t.

During a fractious election season, most Democrats and Republicans could agree on one issue: A bright future for America relies heavily on scientific and technical innovation — in health care, energy, infrastructure development, communication and food production.

But a bedrock assumption — that we will continue to have the skilled workforce to propel us forward — is in doubt.

The number of foreign students applying to American graduate programs in the STEM disciplines, where they