CNS Diversity Program


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Open to sophomore and junior undergraduate women, minorities, and persons with disabilities, this new NSF-funded program is being offered to select students across 11 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. 

The application period for the POSTS Scholars program is now closed.





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How do I apply?

To apply, download and fill out an application.


Contact Ira Bennett at


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, dc

Participating students from the 11 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with your peers who’re participating in the program across the country.
2015 Dates with either be June 7 - 13 or June 14 - 20.


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.



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.



make your mark where science&society intersect


participating universities & faculty

Arizona State University
Jenny Brian
Barrett, The Honors College

DePaul University
Mark Robinson
School for New Learning

Drexel University
Gwen Ottinger
Center for Science, Technology & Society

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

Portland State University
Thad Miller
Urban Studies & Planning 

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 New Mexico
Luis Campos
History Department

University of Virginia
Rider Foley
Department of Engineering and Society

University of Wisconsin
Dietram A. Scheufele
Department of Life Sciences Communication