As a result of funding by the USDA NIFA, C-STEPS is actively researching the exchange and use of genetic material by scientists in government, university, and industry to understand how regulation of biological material affects collaboration and research outcomes. Additionally, C-STEPS currently conducting research on data from three NSF funded studies. Two of the studies examine the role that social and professional networks play in the career success and satisfaction of women and under-represented minorities in academic science and engineering. C-STEPS is investigating the factors that contribute to decisions by academic scientists and engineers to disclose or patent inventions. Researchers involved in these projects include Drs. Eric Welch, Mary Feeney, Yonghong Wu and Myoung Jin Lee. Project details are listed below.