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The Program in Science, Technology, and Society is a dynamic interdisciplinary major that provides students with a liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.



Stanford Existential Risks Conference April 17 & 18


Humanity faces its most dangerous century yet. Together, we can work to reduce existential risks.

SERI (the Stanford Existential Risk Initiative)  will be bringing together the academic and professional communities dedicated to mitigating existential and global catastrophic risks — large-scale threats which could permanently curtail humanity’s future potential.
April 17-18, 2021

Join leading academics for 1:1 networking, exclusive panels, talks and Q&As, discussion of research/funding/internship/job opportunities, and more. The conference will offer ample opportunities for potential collaborators, mentors and mentees, funders and grantees, and employers and potential employees to connect with one another. This conference will provide an opportunity for the global community interested in safeguarding the future to create a common understanding of the importance and scale of existential risks, what we can do to mitigate them, and the growing field of existential risk mitigation.

For more information visit  and check out the event on Facebook 

Apply to attendApplications are open until 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, April 9. Accepted attendees will receive  a registration link to the live event at a later date. Refer friends/colleagues

The conference is entirely free of charge


Seed Funding for Courses on Global Catastrophic and Existential Risks

We think of these as risks that could threaten the future of humanity, cause the collapse of human civilization, or even extinguish the human species. As we have learned in 3 years of teaching THINK 65, Preventing Human Extinction, such risks are of extraordinary concern to the current generation of students. We hope to offer students the best available knowledge about these risks, how they may be mitigated, and how to maintain a positive, solution-oriented mindset in the face of these risks. We also seek pathways for young people to contribute to understanding and mitigating these threats in their future careers.  Click here for more information. 

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Karina El Baze
The STS curriculum offers an incredible variety of courses that has provided me with a broad education while also allowing me to specialize in subject areas of my choice. Every class I take informs what I have learned in previous classes from a whole new perspective. To me, that is the crux of a great undergraduate education.
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