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Society for Social Studies of Science

Non-Academic Career Paths: A Pre-Conference Workshop

Time:  Tuesday, August 29, 8:30am-3:00pm  

Place:  MIT, Bldg. E51 Room 095, Amherst St., Cambridge

Organizers:  Thomas Woodson, Heather Paxson, Renée Blackburn

You have (or are working towards) a Science Technology Studies (STS) Ph.D.  Now what?  We all know that STS graduate programs primarily train students to work in academic jobs, but there are fewer such positions than qualified candidates. However, there is hope.  Many STS PhDs have navigated these waters and found amazing careers beyond academia.  Come to this free workshop to learn about non-academic careers and how to prepare for them.

Please RVSP at


MIT, Departments of History and Anthropology, 

Stony Brook University, Department of Technology and Society

National Science Foundation

Workshop Program

8:30-9:00 am                       Registration and introductions

9:00-10:30 am                     Panel 1:  Nonprofit and Government jobs

10:30-10:45 am                   Coffee break

11:00-12:30 pm                   Panel 2:  Industry jobs and advice from faculty

12:30-1:30 pm                     Lunch:  Food, conversation and networking

1:30pm - 3:00pm                Resume and Interviewing Workshop

List of Speakers

Aleia Clark, US Census Bureau

Kathyrn DeRidder-Vignone, SC Governor’s School

Mary Gray, Microsoft Research

Evan Michelson, Sloan Foundation

Daniel Pomeroy, MIT International Policy Lab

Jennifer Tucker, USDA

Matthew Wallace, International Development Research Center

Maria Vidart, Union of Concerned Scientists

Deborah Douglas, MIT Museum

Greg Galer, Boston Preservation Alliance

Jake Livengood, GECD