Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition

Each year, the Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) based at the Harvard Kennedy School holds a competition for Harvard undergraduates doing independent, original research on social, cultural, historical, or policy issues at the intersection of science, technology and society. Term papers and stand-alone thesis chapters (please note: not entire theses) are eligible for consideration. Thematically appropriate projects in non-textual media, such as films, documentaries, and design projects, will also be considered.

A call for essays will be sent out and posted here in March/April of each academic year. .

Submissions are evaluated by Fellows in the STS Program. The winner receives a small cash award; two honorable mentions are also selected. Results are announced at reception for those who have entered the competition in late April/early May.

Videos of Past Winners 

We asked the 2014 winners about the relationship between STS and their winning essays. Here are their responses:

Lily Ostrer

Lily Ostrer (Social Studies ’14) won the 2014 STS Undergraduate Prize for her thesis chapter “Co-Producing the Science and Policy of Child Development.”

Sandra Korn

Sandra Korn (History of Science/Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies ’14) won an honorable mention for her thesis chapter “Doing what comes naturally: Women’s liberation and the radical science movement.”

Danny Wilson

Danny Wilson (History of Science ’14) won an honorable mention for his thesis chapter “This Incredible Organ’: Brain Mapping during the Decade of the Brain.”