The STS Program runs a year-long senior honors seminar, called The Craft of Research, providing a capstone experience in which students design and complete a final integrative project. The goal is to apply all that they have learned about the social and cultural study of science and technology to a project of their own that they find interesting and challenging. Students identify a research topic in the fall, attend the STS seminars, read and discuss the assigned readings, conduct a literature search, present an oral progress report, and write a formal project proposal. In the Spring semester, students prepare a final report and present the results of their work in a public seminar.
Reports for each of the projects from the first year awards can be downloaded by clicking on the title.The five projects are as follows:
-- Environment and Society taught by Elizabeth
R. DeSombre, Ellen Baum, David Firmage, and Tom Tietenberg (Interdisciplinary
-- Sustainable Development in Panama taught by Patrice Franko (Social Sciences Division)
-- Discovering the Potential and Confronting the Problems in the Use of Assistive Technology in Educating Students with Disabilities taught by Karen Kusiak (Interdisciplinary Studies Division)
-- Research Methods in Government taught by L. Sandy Maisel (Social Sciences Division)
-- Microorganisms and Society taught by Frank A. Fekete (Natural Sciences Division).