STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics

The IOP Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Program explores the interdisciplinary study of politics. In a time of rapid technological change, STEAM promotes intelligent policy-making capable of tackling modern societal issues. Students in the program work in small “commission” groups with Harvard faculty to conduct research on politically relevant STEAM topics over the course of the semester. Each commission culminates in a tangible deliverable, a product or policy solution, and the commissions allow students to build close mentor relationships with Harvard faculty working on the cutting edge of research. Past commissions have included subjects such as COVID-19, politics of international trade, and cryptocurrency. This year, there will be two types of available commissions: academic-credit and extracurricular. Academic-credit commissions will be announced at the beginning of the semester while extracurricular commissions will be announced more towards the middle of the semester. Please be on the lookout for these opportunities! Apart from commissions, STEAM holds weekly meetings that include speakers and student-led discussions on current events. Speakers from previous years included Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee and member of Democratic Leadership David Cicilline, campaign strategist and former Clinton pollster Mark Penn, and education policy advocate and expert Anne Sung.

Chaired by: Joseph Jang | josephjang@college.harvard.edu