The community of scholars at MIT’s Program on Science, Technology and Society bring methods from the humanities and social sciences to understanding science, technology, and medicine around the world. Our department includes lively undergraduate and graduate programs, and postgraduate training for science and technology journalists.

By bridging humanities, social sciences, science, technology, and medicine, our department seeks to build relationships among colleagues across the Institute in a shared effort to understand the human challenges at the core of the MIT mission.

What is STS?

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program

Knight Science Journalism


Open to all current MIT undergraduate and graduate students.

deadline: April 6, 2018 to midnight



STS In The News

Free Will, Video Games, and the Most Profound Quantum Mystery By David Kaiser May 9, 2018 The Big Bell Test probed quantum mechanics using crowdsourced inputs from volunteer video-game players.…
A Physicist’s Farewell to Stephen Hawking By David Kaiser March 15, 2018 Stephen Hawking was a scientific and cultural revolutionary. He saw the cosmos as no one before him had—and…
link: Four professors named 2018 MacVicar Fellows Autor, Capozzola, Raman, and Smith receive MIT’s most prestigious undergraduate teaching award. Alison Trachy | Registrar’s Office March 5, 2018 This Friday, the…

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Truth, Beauty, Science.

Desert Bees Have a Secret: How to Survive a Decade of Drought

How Your Mind Reacts to Stress

Age of Enlightenment: The Promise of Circadian Lighting

Breaking News

Breaking news, brisk analysis, and reader discussions at the intersection of science and society.



Our People

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Faculty Spotlight: Robin Scheffler

Robin Wolfe Scheffler, Assistant Professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program, is an historian of the modern biological and biomedical sciences and their intersections with developments in American history. He is currently working on a project that follows the history of cancer virus research in the twentieth century from legislature to laboratory, documenting its origins and impact on the modern biological sciences. His other projects include the history of the biotechnology industry and a chemical biography of dioxins. The common goal of Professor Scheffler’s projects is to understand the mutual influence of science on society and of society on science.

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