Science & Society
In the spirit of a true liberal arts education, Science & Society Lang Center associates are here to help you connect your “hard sciences” education in the classroom with your social calling. It is imperative to include the natural sciences in the conversation on social justice, as technologies and sciences have the rich capacity to expedite and maximize social impact.
The Social Innovation Lab
Contact: Denise Crossan
Founded by Denise Crossan, the Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Social Change, the Social Innovation Lab will host courses and programs that teach participants innovation skills such as human-centered design thinking methods, strategic and project planning, and social entrepreneurship skills. The Lab and its programming will also connect directly with faculty across the College to enrich engaged scholarship pursuits utilizing social innovation processes.
Center for Innovation and Leadership (CIL)
Contact: Katie Clark
CIL provides a wide variety of programming to engage students in the ideation and innovation process. Events include:
The Innovation Incubator Program is a series of workshops and one-on-one meetings for groups of students interested in what it takes to form a business. The incubator utilizes the Business Model Canvas from Strategyzer as one of its main resources because it helps businesses to understand customers, design better value proposals, and find the right model for a particular business.
Swat Tank, an idea competition, focuses on an inclusive model, one that provides students with the opportunity to take a rough idea, product, or concept and develop it toward its next incarnation, ideation, or realization. The process culminates at the Swat Tank Innovation Competition in the Spring.
CIL @ SF
Each January, the CIL takes a small group of students to tour companies in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. This high-tech adventure provides students with the opportunity to meet with entrepreneurial alumni who live and work in the region, to learn about their work and their workplaces, and to engage with the startup Venture Capital and tech communities. Students travel with Swarthmore staff members for five days between Silicon Valley and San Francisco and enjoy some fun sights along the way.
Swat [Outside the box]
Swat [Outside the Box] is a CIL-sponsored blog designed to highlight ways that students and alumni are making changes in their chosen fields. By highlighting stories of success, creativity, and resilience, we hope to inspire members of the Swarthmore community to take steps outside of their comfort zones and make positive change in the world.
The Swarthmore Spheromak Experiment
Contact: Michael Brown
Under the lead of Professor of Physics Michael Brown, student researchers in the SSX Lab study turbulence and plasma astrophysics partially to probe into the question of fusion energy, which would revolutionize the future energy supply chain.
- STAT 032 - Data Analysis Policy Projects
- PEAC 039 - Social Entrepreneurship for Social Change
- PEAC 049 - Be the Change: Social Entrepreneurship in Principle and Practice
- POLS 087 - Water Policies, Water Issues: China/Taiwan and the U.S.
- BIOL 037 - Conservation Biology
- BIOL 115E - Plant Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
- ENGR 066 - Environmental Systems
- ENGR 063 - Water Quality and Pollution Control
- PHYS 004L - General Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics with Biological and Medical Applications
- ANTH 091B - Cultural Dimensions of Scientific Thought
- Tri-co Study Abroad Program: Globalization, Environment & Society in South Africa