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 “commission” groups of four to six students 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 cryptocurrency, blockchain, and solar geoengineering. 

Apart from commissions, STEAM holds weekly meetings that include speakers and student-led discussions on current events. Speakers for the coming year include 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: Lynne Sipprelle | lsipprelle@college.harvard.edu​