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Policy, Science, Technology, and Society (POSTS) Scholars Program

Open to sophomore and junior undergraduate women, minorities, and persons with disabilities, this program is being offered to select students across 7 universities.  During the year-and-a-half-long program, you’ll learn about the many academic and professional career possibilities in science & technology studies (STS) and science policy—the realm where science and society intersect—and get support to help you set and achieve your educational and career goals. STS and science policy careers and fields include, for example, science historian, environmental justice researcher, science policy analyst, research ethicist, economist, science museum curator, government program officer, philosopher, science diplomat, science communications, science law, among many others. 

We are looking for a diverse group of bright and curious students who are interested in learning more about the complex roles and responsibilities of science and technology in shaping our world. We want to introduce you to new careers and opportunities in science policy and science studies, and help you figure out what you want to be when you grow up.  We welcome applications from all disciplines and majors.

The application period for the POSTS Scholars program is now open with the deadline on March 22, 2017 at 5pm. The workshop runs from June 19 to June 23, 2017.  All applications are to be sent to jennifer.brian@asu.edu



























How do I apply?

To apply, download and fill out the application.


Contact Jenny Brian at jennifer.brian@asu.edu

Policy, Science, Technology & Society (POSTS) Scholars Program 

mentorship & guidance

Because the paths to STS & science policy careers are sometimes ambiguous, you will be teamed up with a faculty mentor established in one of these fields to help you define and navigate your way forward.  A faculty mentor will provide regular support and guidance throughout the program and potentially beyond.


2 summer workshops in Washington, D.C.

Participating students from the 7 universities will meet up twice in Washington, DC, for summer workshops and experience firsthand the complexity of the science policy and funding process and the key players in it. ou will be a part of a close cohort of students from across the country. These students will be an important part of both your personal and professional networks.
The 2017 workshop runs from June 19-23.

 A small snapshot of the activities includes: visiting Capitol Hill and talking to staffers, going to museums such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of African American History and Culture and meeting with curators, and lots of informal and informative conversations with people who work at agencies and organizations like the Center for American Progress, the Brookings Institution, the National Science Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Science and Technology Policy Institute.

personalized research experience & course of study

Throughout the program faculty mentors will assist you in choosing the best classes based on your particular STS or science policy interests and career aspirations. With the assistance of your mentor, you’ll also undertake a personalized research project. With the assistance of your mentor, you’ll also undertake a personalized research project. You will present your research at a poster symposium in DC during the second workshop, giving you an opportunity to network and share your ideas

Participation in the program and mentorship are provided free of charge. Additionally, a stipend will be provided to cover travel, room, & board for the DC workshops.


participating universities & faculty

Arizona State University
Jenny Brian
Barrett, The Honors College

Georgia Institute of Technology
Richard Barke 
School of Public Policy

Michigan State University
Kyle Powys Whyte
Department of Philosophy

North Carolina State University
Jason Delborne
Genetic Engineering and Society Program

University of California, Santa Barbara
Barbara Herr Harthorn
NSEC: Center for Nanotechnology in Society

University of Maryland
David Tomblin
Science, Technology & Society Program

University of Virginia
Rider Foley
Department of Engineering and Society