Science, technology and Society Programs  



STS students, Ayelen Song and Malick Diarra, helping middle students build robots at College Park Academy. The robotics service learning program is one our most popular initiatives.


The programs in Science, Technology and Society (STS) enable undergraduates to identify and analyze ways that science, technology and society shape each other.

Please see News and Photo Albums for the latest stories and images from 2013!

Our two programs are sponsored by the Clark School of Engineering Non-engineering students form a significant part of our interdisciplinary community.  Coursework emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary modes of inquiry to creating new scientific knowledge and technologies, and to understanding the social benefits that flow from them. 

Coursework also cultivates students' abilities to communicate orally and in writing, so that they are able to persuade and educate others. Through field trips and researcher interviews, the programs engage students in active learning techniques to cultivate their interests and explore careers.


Internship Award - Summer 2014
Guidelines for competing for the Charles D. Striffler Internship award of $1,500 will be posted soon.  The 2013 award went to Tom Oeste, who earned the College Park Scholars citation in STS last spring. 

This website is about the TWO (2) STS programs:

  • Freshmen & sophomores participating in the College Park Scholars living learning program who pursue a Citation in Science, Technology and Society
  • Any undergraduate student may join the University Certificate program in Science, Technology and Society.




STS News

Smithsonian Secretary Clough To Deliver Special Lecture at UMD More»

UMD to Host FIRST Robotics Regional Competition More»

Dean Pines, Abts Featured in ASEE PRISM Magazine for Leading the Push for AP Course in Engineering More»

Upcoming Events

April 18, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Booz Allen Colloquium: "GPS Denied Location and Mapping" More»

April 24, 2014 4:30 p.m.
Whiting-Turner Business & Entrepreneurial Lecture: Abdur Chowdhury More»

April 30, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Sustainable NanoTechnology and NanoHealth Exploring Opportunities to MPower Maryland More»


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