Duke’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory sponsors an annual “Best Undergraduate Science Studies Senior Thesis” prize. All undergraduate theses completed between May 15, 2016 and May 1, 2017, in all departments and programs, and which explore a science or sciences from an historical, philosophical, sociological, or literary critical perspective, are eligible for this prize. The prize for the winning thesis is $500, and the thesis itself will be posted in its entirety as a .pdf on the CISSCT website (http://cissct.duke.edu/undergraduate).
CISSCT would very much appreciate if faculty in departments and programs such as English, History, Literature, Philosophy, and who are supervising science-studies senior theses, would let their students know about this prize. (Faculty supervising a science-studies senior thesis may also nominate his or her student’s senior thesis for consideration by emailing Davide Carozza——though the student must make the actual thesis submission.)
The entire thesis should be emailed as a .pdf to Davide Carozza () by no later than May 1, 2017. The submissions will be judged by the CISSCT undergraduate prize committee, and the prize winner will be announced on May 10, 2017.
2016 Best Undergraduate Science Studies Senior Thesis: Julia Tuttle, "Drug Development for Neglected Tropical Diseases: DNDi and the Product Development Partnership (PDP) Model” (Department of Global Health).
2015 Best Undergraduate Science Studies Senior Thesis: Joseph Wu, "Pluralism and the Levels of Selection in Cancer" (Department of Philosophy).
The CISSCT co-sponsored Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue held April 14-22, 2016. The Anthropocene Curriculum is a trans-disciplinary collaboration initiated by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science around forty scholars from around he world, working in the natural, environmental, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, arts, and architecture. Together with one hundred selected internal researchers from different fields as well as actors from outside of academia this program was put into teaching practice at the 2016 seminars.