The Stanford Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) invites STS majors to apply for admission to its Honors Program. The innovative research projects carried out by STS honors students since the program was launched in 1978 represent meaningful achievements for their authors and academic advisers. Honors projects have also served students well after graduation, providing a springboard for graduate studies and for careers in fields such as information technology, entrepreneurship, finance, public policy, media, education, law, medicine and the nonprofit sector. Not only do honors students become experts in a specialized field of interest, but the honors designation signifies intellectual rigor and a demonstrated ability to pursue original research. These skills are broadly marketable even outside of the specific area of expertise, and serve individuals well upon graduating from college. An STS honors thesis tackles a significant problem or question related to a particular area of STS. To develop the thesis, students develop research methods drawn from one or more of the disciplines that shape STS. Past honors projects are on file in the STS Office.

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STS Majors have the opportunity to pursue individual or collaborative research, and research is an integral part of the STS academic experience. Labs include not only traditional science and engineering laboratories at Stanford but also interdisciplinary research centers. Majors can earn up to 5 units of credit toward their STS degree conducting such research. 

The labs and research centers in which STS majors can conduct research include the following:


The STS Program encourages its majors to pursue public service, research-intensive and professional development internship opportunities. At present, the Program does not run an in-house internship program, nor is an internship experience required for the STS degree. However, our e-newsletter The STS Wire is sent regularly to majors and includes internships as well as other opportunities. In addition, the Program is working with STS alumni to identify new internship opportunities for majors. Another excellent resource on campus for internship opportunities is the Haas Center for Public Service