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President Obama's 2011 budget calls for the elimination of three National Science Foundation programs, according to Paul Basken of the Chronicle for Higher Education: the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, and the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program. Instead, the NSF will receive $103 million for a program called Comprehensive Broadening Participation of Undergraduates in STEM.

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