Our Program

Science & Technology Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of study focused on the critical role of science and technology, both past and present. Research in the field applies the methods and theories of the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies to the examination of technology and scientific knowledge and practice.

Science & Technology Studies is particularly well positioned to provide analytical, critical and historically informed insight to complex questions regarding science, health and engineering policy, intellectual property, expertise, ethics, and the public understanding of science. This field contributes to timely debates that bridge the academy and the world beyond it with a dexterity that is more difficult to achieve from within the traditional disciplines.


Our Students win scholarships!

Since the program began in 2009, 70 % of our PhD students have received external funding to support their studies from varied sources such as: SSHRC, OGS, Vanier, Trillium, Elia, Colciencias (Colombia), Tubitak (Turkey), NASA and Enbridge.

News & Events

September 2017: There's a new call for papers (CfP) for the 4S open access journal Engaging STS called "A Moment for Post-Truth: What are the Implications for STS?" co-edited by STS faculty member Kean Birch and Johan Soderberg (Gothenburg University, Sweden), with Linsey McGoey (Essex, UK) as commentator. The CfP can be found here.

August 2017: STS faculty member Professor Edward Jones-Imhotep has just published his book The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War with MIT Press. It's received high praise from leading STS scholars like Donald MacKenzie, David Kaiser, and Peter Galison. For more, see here.

STS graduate students (together with the University of Toronto IHPST Grads) hosted the 3rd Annual Binocular Conference on the theme "Environments of Science". It ran from April 20 to 21 and the Keynote speaker was Professor Jennifer Light (MIT). The original CFP and other details are here.

Following the Binocular Conference, STS students also hosted another annual event, the NESTS Conference (of the North East STS network). More here.

Dates and Deadlines

Our deadline for the 2017-18 admissions cycle has passed. Check back in November for 2018 Admissions.
Dec
1
Fri
YUGSA Academic Funds deadline
Dec 1 all-day

These include the Conference Support Fund, Thesis Support Fund, and Skills Development Fund. Applicants are eligible for funding from only one of these funds per year. Average funding is $100 per applicant and varies depending on the number of applicants.

Conference Support Fund
This fund is for students presenting at a conference. This fund is not for students who are only attending conferences and it is not meant to be a primary source of funding for conferences.

Thesis Support Fund
This fund is designed to help defray the costs involved in producing theses or major papers. Expenses covered under this fund include the costs of supplies, materials, and services expended on the project. Purchases of reusable/resaleable items such as computers, books, and journals will not be covered.

Skills Development Support
This fund supports projects that help students develop skills in relation to their programme of study. It is intended for practical, skills-based training programs not offered at York.

Apr
1
Sun
YUGSA Academic Funds deadline
Apr 1 all-day

These include the Conference Support Fund, Thesis Support Fund, and Skills Development Fund. Applicants are eligible for funding from only one of these funds per year. Average funding is $100 per applicant and varies depending on the number of applicants.

Conference Support Fund
This fund is for students presenting at a conference. This fund is not for students who are only attending conferences and it is not meant to be a primary source of funding for conferences.

Thesis Support Fund
This fund is designed to help defray the costs involved in producing theses or major papers. Expenses covered under this fund include the costs of supplies, materials, and services expended on the project. Purchases of reusable/resaleable items such as computers, books, and journals will not be covered.

Skills Development Support
This fund supports projects that help students develop skills in relation to their programme of study. It is intended for practical, skills-based training programs not offered at York.

Aug
1
Wed
YUGSA Academic Funds deadline
Aug 1 all-day

These include the Conference Support Fund, Thesis Support Fund, and Skills Development Fund. Applicants are eligible for funding from only one of these funds per year. Average funding is $100 per applicant and varies depending on the number of applicants.

Conference Support Fund
This fund is for students presenting at a conference. This fund is not for students who are only attending conferences and it is not meant to be a primary source of funding for conferences.

Thesis Support Fund
This fund is designed to help defray the costs involved in producing theses or major papers. Expenses covered under this fund include the costs of supplies, materials, and services expended on the project. Purchases of reusable/resaleable items such as computers, books, and journals will not be covered.

Skills Development Support
This fund supports projects that help students develop skills in relation to their programme of study. It is intended for practical, skills-based training programs not offered at York.