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Spring 2021
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Hello STS Community! As we close out the Spring Quarter we want to share news about our program, our courses, our resources and our special events. Please feel free to send us any events or suggestions for activities to share with the STS community wherever you are. Email us!

Program News

STS Lauches Updated Website

The STS team launched our new website. We have added many new features and redesigned the Academics and Courses sections to help you browse courses and build a great path through the STS BA, BS, Self Designed and Graduate Certificate programs.
Visit the new STS website!

Jasmine Reid receives new STS Director’s Award for Advancing Social Justice in STEM

STS Director Paul Edwards announces the first recipient of a new annual award that recognizes an STS undergraduate or graduate student, teaching assistant or staff member who made a special contribution to social justice for historically disadvantaged groups who are underrepresented in STEM fields. Jasmine Reid helped Dr. Edwards to plan, organize, and teach our 2020-21 speaker series on Race in Science, Technology, and Medicine – the STS Program's response to the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. The three-quarter course and speaker series hosted over 30 scholars altogether, nearly all of them Black, Indigenous, or people of color. We also ran three anti-racism workshops for our students. The entire Stanford community benefited from this remarkable series. Over the course of the year, Jasmine took on ever more of the organizing and teaching of STS 51 and inspired Dr. Edwards to create the STS Director’s Award for Advancing Social Justice in Science, Technology, and Medicine.
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STS Announcements

Congratulations to the Class of 2021

On June 11, 2021, we celebrated our second Zoom and PowerPoint-powered commencement for the class of 2021. Graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff from across the globe cheered on our graduating students. Thank you to our student speakers, Jayla Kilson, Julia Cornacchia, and Celine Foster. Congratulations to Megan McClure, recipient of the Walter Vincenti Award, and Natalie Hojel, recipient of the Robert McGinn Award. Both awards are for outstanding academic achievement in the Program in Science, Technology and Society. Congratulations to all our graduates and our very best wishes for a bright future! 
2021 STS Honors Symposium
On June 4, 2021, we celebrated our annual STS Honors Symposium via Zoom. Presenters gave a ten-minute presentation on their thesis, followed by a short Q&A from the audience. STS Honors theses are the culminating product of a year-long process of innovative research and writing, The Honors designation signifies intellectual independence, analytical rigor, organizational skills, discipline, and perseverance – skills and attributes that serve individuals well after graduation. Congratulations to all our STS Honors Students!
Find out more about the STS Honors Program
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STS 2021 Alumni Panel

On February 18, our panel featuring three STS '20 alums shared stories and strategies for pandemic career building. Hailing from a variety of industries and career pathways, they shared their journeys after STS and Stanford including how they navigated searching for a job during a pandemic and how they pitched STS to interviewers. Our audience engaged them in a lively discussion about researching companies, and the importance of requesting 15-20 minute meetings to learn about possible career paths. Key takeaways were: stay in touch with your faculty mentors, beef up your LinkedIn and don’t worry so much! Most companies are hiring you for your aptitude and potential; that’s why they have onboarding and training. Stanford has outstanding job search resources to help you. Check out BEAM,  SAM (Stanford Alumni Mentoring), Cardinal Careers and Stanford Handshake.
Stay in touch with STS; we would love to hear how things are going!
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Congratulations to the Stanford Cardinal Basketball Team and STS Senior Kiana Williams

Before the San Antonio-based NCAA finals ended in April, Kiana and the rest of the Cardinal team spent almost 10 weeks on the road, playing in Vegas, Oakland and San Jose, while keeping up with their Stanford coursework. San Antonio is Williams' hometown, and even though they were still physically separated, her family were MVPs bringing the team great food and attending every game in person to cheer the Cardinal on to their first NCAA victory since 1992. We wish Kiana all the best as she starts her WNBA career drafted to play for the Seattle Storm!


New Issue of STS Student-Published Journal Intersect

Intersect is an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, STS-focused, academic research journal run by undergrads that publishes online quarterly at and is regularly cited in Google Scholar. Intersect is one of two undergraduate STS journals in the world. 
Read the current issue

Faculty Publications 

Your Computer Is on Fire Techno-utopianism is dead: Now is the time to pay attention to the inequality, marginalization, and biases woven into our technological systems. This book sounds an alarm: after decades of being lulled into complacency by narratives of technological utopianism and neutrality, people are waking up to the large-scale consequences of Silicon Valley–led technophilia. Editors include STS Director, Professor Paul Edwards, along with Thomas S. Mullaney,  Benjamin Peters and other top scholars from Stanford and many other leading institutions.


Virtual Well-Being

Virtual Well-Being

Well-Being at Stanford and Vaden Health Services are actively building additions to this set of virtual resources that are designed to support your well-being. Check out Well-Being Resources for on campus and beyond for learning and academic resources, financial well-being, emotional support, general health, queer community and spiritual well-being. See Well-Being Tips for Candid advice from the Well-Being at Stanford team. Please take whatever steps you need to stay healthy, safe, and connected to each other. Check Well-Being Virtual Events for a virtual touchstone with the Office of Religious Life, Meditation Mondays, Yoga classes and more. 

Jobs and Internships

We add new opportunities as we find them. Visit our Research Opportunities and Careers pages to find resources for your research and job search. Also check out these resources:
Handshake: Updated listing for job search events 
BEAM Career Ventures: A team for customized industry connections and employer engagement
Idealist: Good ideas for taking action! 
Cardinal Careers Newsletter: Postings for public interest tech careers. Subscribe for a list of best opportunities:
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