Council on Science and Technology
- Naomi E. Leonard
- Maria E. Garlock
- Michael D. Gordin
- Brian Herrera
- Naomi Leonard
- Daniel R. Marlow
- Forrest Meggers
- Mala Murthy
- Corina E. Tarnita
- Daniel L. Trueman
Sits with Committee
- Aatish Bhatia
- Paul Durst
- Catherine 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 “serious play” 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 Technology (STL and STN) 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 STL and STN courses are listed on the CST website.
Co-Curricular Opportunities in Interdisciplinary STEM
The CST offers workshops and open hours in the StudioLab, a safe and welcoming space for creating and collaborating. Housing an array of cutting-edge tools such as virtual reality headsets, motion capture equipment, laser cutters, theater lights, 3D printers and more, the StudioLab transcends conventional makerspaces by creating a community of interdisciplinary thinkers, artists, and doers who learn through “serious play” in a supportive environment specifically designed to engage all students, regardless of their level of experience. All students are encouraged to come to the StudioLab and allow their creativity and technical skills to flourish.
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 coordinator, 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 coordinator, at email@example.com.