32 Planning for the future Supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers is a priority at INL. The lab’s education programs support K-12 students and teachers, college undergraduate interns, graduate students, and university research efforts. Academic institutions and researchers across the nation benefit from access to INL resources, capabilities and expertise. Pipeline TALENT In FY 2017, INL led 152 K-12 STEM activities that reached more than 24,000 educators and parents. STEM outreach directly benefited 85,000 students, 56 percent of whom were from rural communities or underserved populations. In FY 2017, INL hosted 344 interns, 42 post-doctoral fellows and 242 employee continuing education participants.