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Society for Social Studies of Science

About 6S

The Society for Social Studies of Science Student Section (6S) exists to facilitate interactions among students and junior scholars of science studies, and to promote the interests of students within 4S. 6S is run by a committee of students selected at each annual meeting and by two student representatives to the 4S council.


The student section exists within 4S to build stronger networks among students and junior scholars who study the social aspects of science and technology, and to promote the interests of students within 4S as an organization.

The student section aims to make 4S more relevant for students through representation on the 4S council and by organizing specific activities for students and junior scholars. Since students make up over half of 4S members, an active student section directly contributes to the development of 4S as a whole.

The student section is committed to broadening and deepening the internationalism of its membership in terms of both representation and research. In addition, in order to respond to current changes in academia internationally, 6S is working to better assist those in non-traditional studentships, teaching positions, or research jobs within and outside of academia.

Governance Structure

The 6S governing council is composed of four (4) student representatives who serve overlapping two year terms. Two of these student representatives are elected annually either by online ballot or at the student section meeting held during the 4S conference. Thus, in any given year there are two second-year representatives and two newly-elected first-year representatives on the student council.

One representative from each pair focuses more on content development as part of his/her duties, while the other focuses more on event management, as decided by the representatives themselves soon after being elected. Additionally, each second-year representative assists one first0year representative in learning the duties relevant to their respective focus (content developer or event management).

The overlapping terms thereby assure leadership continuity and sustainability within the organization. These four positions are also supported by external regional student ambassadors who help to organize local mini-conferences by providing contacts and institutional support in their region.

Representative Responsibilities

Second-year student representatives:

  • Liaison between the board of 4S and the students, the supporting positions, student ambassadors and the 4S webmaster.
  • Conceptualize, plan, organize and actualize the student activities during the 4S annual meetings, including the workshop and the voting section.
  • When necessary, manage financial and treasury duties.
  • Hold the bi-yearly online video chat sessions.
  • Content developer focus: author and circulate regular announcements and updates on 6S activities via the Facebook group and listserv (see above).
  • Event manager focus: organize, along with the student ambassadors, the local and/or online mini-conferences.

First year student representatives:

  • Content developer focus: Moderate the online forum hosted on the 6S section of the 4S website, including possible accommodation- and ride-sharing boards for the 4S annual meeting.
  • Content developer focus: Assist the second-year representative with event announcements and website updates.
  • Event Manager focus: Organize the logistics of the 6S activities at the 4S annual meeting, including the student drinks, the student section meeting, and the voting section.
  • Event Manager focus: Assist the second-year representative with organizing the local and/or online mini-conferences

The first-year representatives will work closely with one of the second-year representatives, whose position he/she will assume the following year.

Written nominations for the post of student representative must be received by either of the current representatives before the annual meeting; election platforms will be distributed via STSGRAD-L in advance of the annual meeting. Elections will be held by single transferable vote open to any student member of 4S.

This charter has been updated by Samuel Tettner and Jess Bier, the elected student representatives, and approved by the 4S council as of 2013. Future changes to the student section charter require the agreement of all four currently-elected student representatives as well as the approval of the 4S council.