Requests for Funding
The Council on Science and Technology (CST) promotes and oversees the science and engineering courses that are appropriate for all undergraduates, and that do not carry significant prerequisites. In the Spring of 2010, the Princeton faculty voted on a CST initiative that modified the Science and Technology General Education Requirement. Students are now required to take one Science and Technology course with a lab (STL). A second required ST course may be with (STL) or without a lab (STN). The initiative suggested guidelines for the skills that should be developed in ST courses appropriate for all undergraduates. Over the last year, the Council has developed a list of goals for these courses.
The CST initiative also included the recommendation that we develop on the order of 20 new STL and STN courses appropriate for all undergraduates. The idea was to provide fabulous new choices, and to encourage students to take more than the minimum 2 ST courses. The hope is that these new courses will teach not only the skills we are looking for, but also engage the students and increase the perceived importance and relevance of science and technology to their future lives as citizens, voters and leaders. We welcome interdisciplinary courses as we would like all of the courses to include both core science or engineering learning and societal relevance such as policy or daily life. The courses may be with or without a lab.
The Council will be calling for funding proposals twice a year. The deadlines this academic year are December 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013. We have significant resources to help you in course development, including funding, and a recently hired staff of former science professors who are dedicated to the development of new and transformed ST courses.
We look forward to your enthusiastic response to this call.