NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations by focusing on broadening participation in these fields at scale. The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to collaboratively work for inclusive change, which will result in a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the Nation. The initiative is developing a National Network composed of NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, NSF INCLUDES Alliances, an NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub, NSF-funded broadening participation projects, other relevant NSF-funded projects, scholars engaged in broadening participation research, and other organizations that support the development of talent from all sectors of society to build an inclusive STEM workforce. The successful implementation of NSF INCLUDES will result in substantial advances toward a diverse, innovative, and well-prepared STEM workforce to support our Nation’s economy and continued U.S. leadership in the global STEM enterprise. 

About First2 Network

The First2 Network is a project funded by the National Science Foundation INCLUDES, aimed at helping rural first generation students who major in a science, technology, math or engineering (STEM) related field, to survive and thrive during the all-critical first two years of their post secondary education.

The steering committee includes current first generation college students, professors, researchers and educators, and has representation from small and large West Virginia colleges and universities, informal science education,  and several West Virginia agencies including Fairmont State University, Green Bank Observatory, High Rocks Educational Corporation, West Virginia University, and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

For more information about becoming involved in the First2 Network, visit the website here.