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The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant was introduced by Senator Bill Frist, R-Tennessee and approved by the Senate on 21 December 2005. This is a program to provide financial assistance to low-income students who are majoring in mathematics, science, technology, engineering and foreign languages that are deemed critical to national security. (Example majors are chemistry-medical sciences or biology-medical sciences.) To be eligible for the SMART Grant, students must qualify for a Pell Grant and choose a major. Students must maintain at least 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

The grant awards $4,000 a year for the third and fourth years of undergraduate study.

In August 2006, The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that evolutionary biology had been removed from the list of qualifying majors.[1] This caused concern among some scientists and educators, who feared that the omission was deliberate and politically motivated. The Department of Education has denied this, stating that the major was removed from the list inadvertently, and that it would correct the omission.[2]

In September 2006, evolutionary biology, along with exercise physiology, were added to the list of eligible majors.

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  1. ^ Kean, Sam (2006-08-22). "Educators Question Absence of Evolution From List of Majors Eligible for New Grants". The Chronicle of Higher Education.  
  2. ^ Dean, Cornelia (2006-08-24). "Evolution Major Vanishes From Approved Federal List". The New York Times.  


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