Innovations in Science & Technology

Session Snapshot:

Innovations in Science & Technology (IST) is designed for students who are interested in learning about diverse topics in the STEM fields and applying scientific principles to real-world applications. Students explore a wide variety of scientific fields such as physics, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, astronomy, engineering, neuroscience, immunology, psychology, and earth science. Students also are exposed to interdisciplinary applications across the many scientific fields ranging from the nanoscopic to the astronomical in scale.

Participants are challenged to examine the world as scientists as they gain exposure to a wide array of biological, physical and applied sciences topics. The session builds students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, while simultaneously stressing the importance of collaboration and teamwork, thereby training students to become more impactful scientists.

Sample Lecture Offerings:

  • “Mind Reading with Functional Brain Imaging: Neuroethics and Artificial Intelligence” by Marvin Chun
  • “Robots that Teach” by Brian Scassellati
  •  ”Dwarf Galaxies, Dark Matter, and the Milky Way” by Marla Geha

Sample Seminar Offerings:

  • Building a Better Human? Exploring Transhumanism
  • Introduction to Extragalactic Astrophysics
  • Disease Hunters: Predicting Endemics Before They Occur
  • CRISPR: Cas9 and the Microbiome
  • Diets of the Future: Sustaining Ourselves and a Dying Earth
  • The Future of Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatments

Is IST a Good Fit for Me?

If you are intrigued by any of the following questions, then this session is a great choice:

  • How do we go about finding new planets, and could they sustain human life?
  • Why are certain drugs more effective than others?
  • Can we use observations from nature to improve how we design products and buildings?
  • Can organisms be engineered to serve specific purposes?
  • How can we best mitigate human pollution in the atmosphere, oceans, and soil?