After a successful three years of cross-disciplinary programming, outreach, and research support, the start-up grant for the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University will soon come to an end. To build on the growth and success achieved so far, the Center is expanding its search for funding. New donations will help sustain the innovative efforts of the Center to foster collaboration among the natural and social sciences and the humanities at Columbia University and beyond. With your support, the Center will be able to continue to organize and foster interdisciplinary events, programs and courses, seed grants for faculty and students, as well as the integral work and efforts of the Center’s Research Clusters and Scholars.
The Center for Science and Society will focus on three major goals for 2018.
1) To increase our undergraduate and graduate student community by tailoring new programming based on student feedback, and providing small grants to support student-led activities and research in Science and Society.
2) To organize interdisciplinary teaching initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate level, including co-taught classes by faculty in the sciences and the humanities across Columbia’s different schools.
3) To continue to train the next generation of cross-disciplinary scholars, and expand upon our already successful postdoctoral program, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience. This will include the creation of a consortium of interdisciplinary university Centers across the country to boost collaboration and career opportunities for early-career researchers and scholars.
Every year, the Center produces and supports a wide range of interdisciplinary seminars, conferences, and lectures that bring together faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduates students, and members of the public.
The Research Clusters are essential to the Center’s interdisciplinary mission. They extend the reach of the Center’s activities and offer a range of unique events and programming that bring together perspectives from different disciplines.
Through its cohort of interdisciplinary Scholars, The Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary, collaborative research to advance our understanding of mind, brain, and behavior.