Each spring, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies releases two calls for funding opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Along with an undergraduate research opportunity, the Holtz Center seeks papers for its annual writing competition: Science, Technology, and Society. Students are encouraged to submit their papers, written along various themes related to how science and technology affect and are affected by social, political, cultural, or economic life. All undergraduate students at UW-Madison are eligible for these opportunities, including those in engineering, social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and biological and physical sciences.
Three undergraduate recipients were recently selected for their essays in science and technology studies during the 2020 competition, along with three honorable mention recipients.
Yoyo Yin is in her second-year as an undergraduate student at UW-Madison. She is pursuing a bachelor of art degree in international studies. With previous education in China and France, Yin aims to complete her degree in the London School of Economics during the upcoming academic year. Her interests intersect between how international organizations play their roles in solving global issues and how developed and developing countries are coping with pressing social issues, with the resources they each have available.
Anika Chatterjee has always wanted to improve the lives of others in some way, and found her path in doing so through her passion for technology. A recent graduate of UW-Madison, she majored in Economics and Information Systems, along with the Holtz Center ISSuES Certificate. She hopes to use her deep interests in technology such as Artificial Intelligence, to combat social inequity and responsibly build a better future for our ever-changing world.
As the 2020 undergraduate essay contest winner, Schroeder received a $500 grand prize. Second and third place received $300 and $100 awards, while the honorable mention recipients each received a $50 award.