Wadham undergraduate entries to the College Prize in the Sciences and Mathematics and Cheney Prize in the Arts and Social Sciences must be submitted before Friday 13 October 2017.
Submissions, which may be in the form of an essay or another form appropriate to the subject, should be no longer than 3,000 words, excluding references.
The subject of the work is entirely open, and work may derive from the author’s course of study. However tutorial essays or written work prepared specifically to meet a university requirement will not be considered. Judges are looking for originality, clarity and cogency in the entries, which may be published in the Wadham Gazette.
Previous winning essays for the College Prize in Sciences and Mathematics have included: ‘Should we Believe in the Big Bang?’; ‘Study on Co-infections in Dengue Patients in Singapore’; and ‘The Synthesis of Noble Gas Compounds – Making the Unreactive React’. Essays winning the Cheney Prize in the Arts and Social Sciences have included ‘The End of the Assizes’ and ‘Why did the Reconstruction fail in the southern United States after the American Civil War?’.
Submissions will be considered for whichever prize is most appropriate given the subject matter of the submission (rather than according to the author’s subject in Schools).
Authors should submit their work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Essays will be submitted to the judges anonymously. The winning entries may be published in the Wadham College Gazette.
Please note that the competition is open only to undergraduates who will be in their second, third or fourth year in the first week of Michaelmas term 2017.
Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition
2017 Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition
For the seventh year, the Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) based at the Harvard Kennedy School held a competition for Harvard undergraduates doing independent, original research on social, cultural, historical, or policy issues at the intersection of science, technology and society. Term papers and stand-alone thesis chapters (please note: not entire theses) were eligible for consideration. Thematically appropriate projects in non-textual media, such as films, documentaries, and design projects,Â were also considered.
Submissions were evaluated by Fellows in the STS Program. The winner receivedÂ a small cash award; two honorable mentions were also selected. Â The results were announced at aÂ receptionÂ on Thursday,April 20th Â at the Harvard Kennedy School.
For more information on the current and past winners of the Undergraduate STS Essay Prize, pleaseÂ see below. If you’re interested in reading their winning pieces, please contact Shana Ashar.
Videos of Current and Past WinnersÂ
We asked our current and pastÂ winners about the relationship between STS and their winning essays. Here are their responses:
Jacob Meisel (Social Studies ’17) won the 2017 STS Undergraduate Prize for his thesis chapter, “From Daily Weather to Decadal Climate: Boundary Intensification Between American Meteorologists and Climate Scientists.”
Leib Celnik (History and Science & History of Art and Architecture ’18) won an honorable mention for his paper âAlan Burroughs’ Invisible Light: Early X-Radiography at the Fogg Museum.”
Sophia Lugo (History and Science ’17) won an honorable mention for her thesis chapter “Lobsterman: Kravitz, Kuffler, and the Role of the Lobster Model in Forming Twentieth Century American Neuroscience.”
Nicole Bassoff (History of Science ’16) won the 2016 STS Undergraduate Prize for her thesis chapter “Whose Name is it Anyway?: Medical Authority and the ‘Hansen’s Disease’ Movement.”
Leah Singer (Anthropology ’16) won 2nd place in the 2016 STS Undergraduate Essay Prize competition for her thesis chapter “Injury Law and the Calculation of Future Lost Income Capacity.â
Emma Woo (History of Science ’16) won 3rd place for her paperÂ “Seeing Pregnancy: Prenatal Care and Womenâs visibility in the Womenâs Municipal League of Boston.â
Hilton Simmet (Social Studies ’15) won the 2015 STS Undergraduate Prize for his thesis chapter “Blueprints & Laboratories: An Exploration of Plural Modernities in Senegalâs Ecovillages.”
Bran Shim (Statistics ’15) won 2nd place in the 2015 STS Undergraduate Essay Prize competition for his paper “Land of the Rising iPS Cells: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Stem Cell Biology in Japan.â
Rachel Taylor (Social Anthropology ’15) won 3rd place in the 2015 STS Undergraduate Essay Prize competition for her thesis chapter “Damning the Drifters: Posthumanist Implications of Jellyfish Subjects in Science, Art, and Aquariums.”
Lily Ostrer (Social Studies ’14) won the 2014 STS Undergraduate Prize for her thesis chapter “Co-Producing the Science and Policy of Child Development.”
Sandra Korn (History of Science/Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies ’14) won an honorable mention for herÂ thesis chapter “Doing what comes naturally: Womenâs liberation and the radical science movement.”
Danny Wilson (History of Science ’14) won an honorable mention for his thesis chapter “This Incredible Organâ: Brain Mapping during the Decade of the Brain.”