Advising for HSD students

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As Chair of the PhD Program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University, I am delighted to have the opportunity to invite you to join us in this exciting endeavor. Our students are pioneers in integrating research and teaching in the social, historical, philosophical, and policy study of science and technology, and they join one of the largest and most comprehensive communities of scholars in this field in the nation.

The program builds on the combined expertise of four world-class research centers: the Center for Biology and Society, the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, and the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. Our philosophy is simple. Science and technology are too important to be left to scientists and engineers. We believe humanists and social scientists have unique roles to play in helping to understand and inform the conceptual and philosophical foundations of scientific research; to analyze and assess the increasingly powerful roles of science and technology as agents of change in society and the economy; and to challenge universities to become leaders in fostering the new science and technology policies necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

This philosophy infuses not only our program but also all of ASU. ASU has currently embarked on a major reorganization of the university's intellectual geography to orient its work toward solving the grand challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. As a flagship program in that transformation, we are working closely with ASU's President Michael Crow, the science and engineering community, and business and policy leaders to create an approach to research and innovation that fosters exciting research in the human and social dimensions of science and technology and brings it to bear on the practice of science and engineering.

We welcome applications for next year's class through December 15, annually. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to answer your questions and discuss the many opportunities available through our program.


Clark A. Miller
Chair, Program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology