Applied Science & Engineering

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Due to the overwhelming interest in Science, Policy & Innovation (SPI), we have expanded this offering into three independent sessions. All three new sessions will continue to focus on the interaction of science and policy.

Students must indicate session preference on their application.

With an emphasis on developing scientific citizenship, students will learn how to effectively convey complex ideas to a non-expert audience and how understand how scientific innovation is shaped by–and makes impacts on–policymakers and businesses, as well as the forces of globalization, development, and markets.

Participants have the opportunity to tour Yale labs and core facilities such as the Yale Center for Proteomics & Genomics, the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design and Peabody Natural History Museum and talk to the scientists working there. 

The focus of these programs is not simply to expose participants to cutting edge science and its applications, but to encourage them to think like scientists.  To this end lectures and seminars will cover themes including advances in basic science, ethics, translational science and the socio-political determinants of the application of science.  Working in teams, students will develop and present a novel, pragmatic response to a contemporary challenge in one of the core program areas.

Who teaches in it?

Faculty involved in these program are drawn from across the University including the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Law School, Yale Medical School, Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science and various departments in the sciences.

See the list of faculty who taught in SPI 2015 >>

Are there prerequisites?

While not formally required, students interested in these programs should have some background in high school science and math, and should be familiar with the scientific method.

Given the interdisciplinary focus of these session, students who have substantial science backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are students who are interested in using and applying science in problem-based solutions in policy and entrepreneurial work.

Applicants are not expected to be experts in the respective fields of study.  Rather they are required to demonstrate an unquenchable curiosity about the practice and application of science.


Dates: June 19 - July 2, 2016

The Applied Science & Engineering (ASE) session will emphasize themes in the study and application of physical and computer sciences as well as engineering.  Questions of interest will range from nanoscopic to astral in scale. 

If you have asked yourself any of the below, or related questions, you will probably be interested in the Applied Science & Engineering session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.

How much carbon is saved by driving electric cars?
How do advances in nanotechnology affect the future of electronics?
How do astronomers track near-earth objects?
How do sociology and computer science complement each other?
How can we make things that are too small to touch?
Can nanoparticles be used to optimize medical interventions?
Why does the mainstream media only report on the product, and not the process of science?
Can mathematical principles be used to understand social networks?
How do technological advances affect our society?
Are robots the answer to all of our problems?

Other topics may include:

  • Nanotechnology
  • Astrophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Network systems
  • Robotics
  • Algorithms
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Space travel
  • Big Data

Expertise will be drawn from areas such as Mathematics, Physics, Architecture, Astronomy, Engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical & Mechanical), Computer Science, Cognitive Science, History of Science and Materials Science