Council on Science and Technology
- Naomi E. Leonard
- Maria E. Garlock, Civil and Environmental Eng
- Michael D. Gordin, History
- Brian E. Herrera, Lewis Center for the Arts
- Naomi E. Leonard, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
- Daniel R. Marlow, Physics
- Forrest M. Meggers, Architecture
- Mala Murthy, Princeton Neuroscience Inst
- Corina E. Tarnita, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
- Daniel L. Trueman, Music
Sits with Committee
- Paul A. Durst
- Daniel G. Pillis
- Catherine A. Riihimaki
The Council on Science and Technology (CST) provides opportunities for every Princeton student, regardless of their concentration, to understand, experience, and appreciate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To accomplish this, the CST develops vibrant, interdisciplinary partnerships with colleagues from engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, the arts, humanities, and social sciences that explore and promote understanding of the interrelationship between STEM, culture, and society. From innovative courses to original and avant-garde events, as well as the opportunity to explore and experiment with innovative technologies in a welcoming, state-of -the-art StudioLab, the CST’s synergistic activities ensure that every student, regardless of their prior experience or areas of primary interest, can make meaningful and lasting connections to STEM. A small sampling of some of the CST’s recent activities can be found on our website.
All students are welcome and encouraged to engage with the CST through the opportunities listed below:
Academic Opportunities in Interdisciplinary STEM
CST Courses: The CST encourages and facilitates the development of innovative, high-quality courses with minimal prerequisites through which undergraduates can satisfy the University’s Science and Engineering (SEL and SEN) distribution requirement. A plethora of courses such as, “Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception, and Creativity,” “Transformations in Engineering and the Arts,” “Forensic Anthropology and Urban Bodies,” and “Transformative Questions in Biology” provides countless opportunities for students to immerse themselves in high quality STEM learning accessible to all students. CST cross-listed SEL and SEN courses are listed on the CST website.
Co-Curricular Opportunities in Interdisciplinary STEM
The StudioLab is a creative technology space for all members of the Princeton University community. As part of the Council on Science & Technology, StudioLab nurtures interdisciplinary networks of arts, sciences, and humanities practitioners, regardless of their level of experience. Through workshops, lectures, and hackathons, StudioLab supports experimentation and exploration through innovative uses of technology. StudioLab provides a library of games, digital fabrication technologies, and immersive media in a hybrid space at the intersection of the laboratory, makerspace, and artist's studio.
Interdisciplinary Events and Activities
The CST hosts numerous events for students as well as faculty to discuss shared interests across disciplines. The Council's Evnin Lecture series features prominent scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and artists who engage a wide audience both inside and outside the University community. The CST also awards the Pope Prize for Science Writing to a graduating senior who has shown a keen interest in science and demonstrated an outstanding ability to communicate that enthusiasm to a wide audience. Additionally, the CST hosts a biennial Living at the Intersection Symposium that examines a topic through interdisciplinary lenses. This year’s topic is Truth and Evidence.
Leadership, Research, and Funding Opportunities in Interdisciplinary STEM
Student Leadership: The CST is committed to providing Princeton students with opportunities to become leaders in STEM and beyond. To that end, the CST welcomes students to serve as StudioLab Ambassadors, CST Communication Fellows, or Work Study students. In each of these capacities, students can support the work of the CST while gaining valuable experience in areas such as workshop design and implementation, event planning and marketing, and social media outreach. New this year, the CST is also seeking students to serve on a Student Executive Committee which will provide ideas, guidance, and feedback to CST leadership. Students interested in any of these opportunities should contact Joe Capizzi, CST program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Funding and Research: CST provides SAFE funding for students to support research or projects that align with the CST’s mission. The CST also has opportunities for students to work on projects with CST’s multifaceted and accomplished staff. Students interested in any of these opportunities should contact Joe Capizzi, CST program manager, at email@example.com.