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Conference on Science, Technology, Medicine and Society

The 2nd annual Undergraduate Research Conference Science, Technology, Medicine and Society will take place March 9-11, 2018.

 2nd National Annual Undergraduate Research Conference on
Science, Technology, Medicine and Society
March 9 - 11, 2018

Organized by Nahyan Fancy, Associate Professor
History of Islamic Science and Medicine at DePauw University

Full Conference Schedule 

Conference program (pdf)

Friday, March 9
6:30 p.m.    Meet in the lobby of The Inn at DePauw for carpool to the Prindle Institute

6:45 p.m.    Welcome Dinner for students, hosts and faculty.
                    Prindle Institute

Saturday, March 10 (All talks in Peeler Auditorium)
9:00 a.m.     Breakfast
                    Peeler Arts Center Lobby

9.45 a.m.     Opening Remarks by Anne Harris, Vice-President Academic Affairs
                    Peeler Arts Center Auditorium

10 a.m.        Panel A: Sex and Gender in Medieval Medicine and Romance

Madeline Hernstrom-Hill, "Her Body Had Now Become Precious to Her": Alternate Medieval Relationships Between Love and the Female Body" (Allegheny College)
Jessica Reed, "The Masculine Womb: the Power of Female Pleasure in Medieval Medical and Imaginative Literatures" (Allegheny College)

Faculty Discussant: Nicole Lobdell, DePauw University, English

12.p.m.        Lunch

1.15 p.m.     Panel B: Contemporary Issues: Smart Cities and Augmented Realities

Farukh Sarkulov, "The Technocratic Delusion" (DePauw University)
Tristan Stamets, "India's Smart Cities Mission and the Uncertain Urban Energy Future" (DePauw University)
Will Freudenheim, "Reading the Hybrid Environments of Augmented Reality: An Embodied Interface Approach" (Wesleyan University)

Faculty Discussant: Mona Bhan, DePauw University, Anthropology

4 p.m.          Break

5.15 p.m.     Dinner in Darnell Room (Hoover)

7 p.m.          Keynote Speaker, Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, "The Global Scientific Revolution:
                    Potosi and the Philippines circa 1600"

Sunday, March 11

9 a.m.           Breakfast
                     Hoover Dining Hall

10 a.m. -- 2 p.m. Departure of students heading back to their colleges.


This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together undergraduate students from across North America who are investigating:

1)    how science, technology and medicine (STM) affect societies;

2)    how societal values and concerns inform and constitute STM; and/or

3)    the historical and/or conceptual foundations of STM.

Given the fast-paced nature of advances in STM and their deepening penetration into personal lives, critical thinking about STM is essential in our time. We invite submissions addressing the above topics from students across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. We particularly encourage papers that transcend boundaries, whether disciplinary, spatial or temporal.


Students will present their papers in panels of three or four. The papers will be assigned to panels by the organizers based on similarities of content, method, theme, etc. Each presenter will have twenty-five minutes to present, followed by a few minutes of questions from the audience for discussion. A/V material will be available for projecting but please bring appropriate cables to connect your device to a VGA or HDMI cable.

At the conclusion of all presentations in a panel, a faculty member discussant, chosen for his/her knowledge of the issues raised in the papers, will respond to the papers and help initiate the larger discussion of issues raised in the papers, collectively. Other presenters and members of the audience will follow up with their own questions for individual presenters or the panel as a whole.


Registration, lodging, and meals will be provided for all student presenters. Once their papers have been accepted, students may also apply for a travel subsidy (up to $250). 

Submitting Papers

Interested students should submit their abstracts (250 words) and a brief bio by December 15, 2017. Abstracts and bios should be sent as pdf files to: All applicants will be notified by January 18, 2018.

Keynote Address

Dr. Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History, Early Modern Science, Iberian World and the Atlantic at the University of Texas, Austin.

Title: “The Global Scientific Revolution: Potosi and the Philippines circa 1600"

Past Conferences

DePauw hosts first annual conference undergraduate research conference on science, technology, medicine and society