Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Science and Society Program

Program Overview
This program will not be available for the 2006-2007 school year.

Haverford College has been awarded a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to support a Program in Science and Society. This program is not a Major or an Area of Concentration, but a cluster of courses and opportunities for students interested in exploring the interplay between society and technology and the cultural issues raised by modern science, in such areas as biomedical ethics, public health, science education, and environmental science. The HHMI Science and Society Scholars complete a rigorous interdisciplinary plan of study, conduct an internship, and complete a capstone experience. All students, regardless of major, who are strongly interested in the relations between science, technology and society, and are willing to commit to a broad program of study encompassing courses in all three divisions, may apply for this program.

The Requirements

Applying to the Program
This program will not be available for the 2006-2007 school year.

Students may apply in their sophomore or junior year. To apply one is required to submit

Program and Application Details

Personal Statement: The personal statement should:

If you have any questions about your application or the process of developing your internship project, contact Kate Heston (ph: 610-896-1369;

Research Project or Internship: Each Science and Society Scholar is expected to do a research project or internship. Typically this internship will occur in the summer after the junior year, or during the first semester of the senior year.

There are three ways in which this requirement may be fulfilled:

  1. You may request funding from the program to carry out your research or internship. The HHMI grant to Haverford College enables us to offer up to three full stipends each summer, however, this program will not be available for the 2006-2007 school year.
  2. You may arrange an internship which is not funded by the HHMI grant. If you have applied or will be applying for one of these stipends, please indicate which funding sources and the date of the award decisions.
  3. You may pursue your research or internship as an independent study during an academic semester. This possibility might, for example, be combined with your senior research project, if the Science and Society Committee and your major department both consent.

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