Advising is available to students through student, staff, and faculty roles.
Advises students in the process of declaring and current majors to ensure that students' initial plans, revisions, and change requests will satisfy all requirements for the program. The Undergraduate Advisor also collaborates with the students to create and maintain a curriculum plan that captures both the student's area of interest and will provide an understanding of program's conceptual framework of science, technology and society.
Provides oversight to all curriculum plans. All declaring students will have their curriculum plans reviewed by the Associate Director from an academic perspective before they are approved. Cohesiveness intellectual coherence, strong technical sequences, strong analytical coursework, engagement with STS frameworks and coherence are all considerations when reviewing curriculum plans. All petitions but be approved by the Associate Director.
Acts as an intellectual mentor to students in a way similar to pre-major advisors. Our diverse pool of faculty advisors belong to various departments around campus. Meetings between faculty advisors and advisee typically include "big picture" conversations about the students academic interests, goals, challenges, and possible research opportunities. This allows students to have the opportunity to build rapport with a faculty members beyond the classroom. Students should be proactive in reaching out to their assigned advisor. We encourage students to with their advisor at least twice per year, however, the more they meet, the more rewarding the relationship will be.
STS Writing Specialist
To help strengthen writing within and across STS, and to raise its profile in the program, we have a special position in STS to help students, TAs, and faculty with the writing undertaken in the various courses and in the Honors Program. Kevin DiPirro is the Writing Specialist for STS and can assist you with writing in a multitude of ways.