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

Arthur Miller Lecture on Science, Technology, and Society

Morison Prize and Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society

Benjamin Siegel Writing Prize

Kenneth Keniston, Founder, MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, passed away on February 14, 2020.

READ MORE: Remembering Kenneth Keniston



12/18/2020: Digging Deep into North American Metals Mining

2/2/2021: Rare Earths for the Common People

2/10/2021: Not All Farming Happens on a Farm




STS In The News

Energy, Environment, and Society (STS.032) with Prof. Chakanetsa Mavhunga, MIT STS Program. Providing context for energy and sustainability issues is the major goal of STS.032, an elective for the Energy Studies…
Each year MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society offers the Benjamin Siegel Writing Prize to the MIT student submitting the best written work (under 50 pages) on issues in science,…
Marc Aidinoff, MIT HASTS Graduate Student, researches the intersection of technology policy and social policy in the United States. In this piece in the Washington Post, Marc helps frame the current…

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Undark Magazine

Truth, Beauty, Science.

As Vaccination Rates Lag, Delta Variant Presents New Challenges

Book Review: An Ode to the Dank World of Sweat and Stink

A Common Biopsy Is Putting Lives at Risk. It’s Time to Retire It.

Breaking News

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

Our People

Get to know the STS Program.

Meet Our Faculty See Publications

Faculty Spotlight: David A. Mindell

David A. Mindell, PhD, is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David has spent twenty-five years researching the myriad relationships between people and machines. He served as an MIT department head for five years, and has led or contributed to more than 25 oceanographic expeditions. 

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