Conference: Columbia History of Science Group at Friday Harbor, WA

Conferences – CHSG at Friday Harbor, WA

Are you looking for a place to present your research? Do you wish to increase your professional network? The Columbia History of Science Group offers a warm, collegial environment to present papers, meet other science studies scholars, and enjoy the comforts and atmosphere of the University of Washington’s marine biological laboratories in Friday Harbor of the San Juan Islands. Graduate students and junior scholars will find a receptive audience and nurturing environment. Consider attending even if you do not present a paper. Paper Proposals are due February 1, 2012 and the meeting is March 9-11, 2012.


Featured Job: ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College

It’s a tough job market, so many graduate students and early careerists are looking beyond strictly history of science job opportunities. If you wish to be in academia, be ready to market yourself to a range of jobs in history, STS/science studies, and other programs. If a job interests you and you aren’t sure that your qualifications fit what they are looking for, ask. Write to the person overseeing the job search and be savvy about what you say. This email is one way to make your name known to the search committee.

Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University is seeking to hire someone with training in the humanities or social sciences. This opportunity may not immediately seem appropriate to the historian of science, however, it is and historians of the natural sciences are encouraged to apply. Review of applications begins February 13, 2012. Go here for more information.

Job searches at the Graduate and Early Career Caucus Blog

The GECC conducted a survey at the recent HSS meeting in Cleveland and the results were clear that the graduate students and recent graduates are mostly concerned about jobs. While the officers of GECC cannot give you a job, there are some things we can do to help those of you looking for work or thinking ahead to your post-degree life.

The first thing we have done is created a job links page.  We pulled together as many sites as we could find that either discuss academic job hunts or post jobs relevant to the young historian of science. We have consciously decided to interpret “relevant” pretty broadly to include public history and museum jobs and are on the look out for other, non-traditional places for which to provide links. We welcome any suggestions to make this page more robust and complete.

The second new step we are taking is posting interesting jobs that may not necessarily cross the path or pique the interest of historians of science. While many of these will be outside of academia, many will but be in departments other than history or history of science. We hope  that our members will think about applying for these positions, of course, but we also hope each post will encourage all historians of science to think outside the proverbial box when planning their job search.

The first installment, which will be posted later today, features a job in the Honors College at Arizona State University. We hope that it not only inspires those looking for work to apply, but also encourage to look deeper at positions that may not seem to be strictly for a historian of science.

Good luck on your job search and, as with all things GECC, this service is only as good as you make it. Please email your suggestions and entries to

Report from GECC at HSS Meeting in Cleveland

GECC and the Mentorship Program


The Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) seeks to address the concerns and issues of graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers. As an official committee of the HSS, GECC offers a mentoring program and sponsors a session and social events at the annual meeting. The chairs and officers are graduate students and early career members of HSS, who act as liaisons between the standing committees of HSS and the student/early career constituency.

For HSS, and the Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) in particular, the 2011 annual conference can be seen as an overwhelming success.  GECC sponsored several programs.  Our two sessions attracted large audiences, with standing room only if you came in late.  The mixer for 4S, SHOT, and HSS graduate students and early career professionals was also extremely well attended, giving graduate students and early professionals in the three societies a chance to mingle in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.  Thanks to all of you who bought raffle tickets in support of GECC, your purchases helped make our events a wonderful experience!


All of our events generated a lot of positive feedback, but perhaps our mentorship program produced the most effusive praise.  Darryl Brock, a PhD candidate at Fordham University who was paired with Dr. Stuart McCook (University of Guelph), commented that the mentorship experience was “successful beyond anything I could have imagined.”  Dr. Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (University of Minnesota) met with her mentee, Jenna Tonn a graduate student at Harvard, for over two hours at the opening reception.  As they discussed many of their intersecting topics at the reception, Dr. Kohlstedt was able to introduced Jenna to other historians who had related interests.  At the same time, Dr. Kohlstedt said she received good insights in graduate student concerns that she could use to further student success as department head at the University of Minnesota.  All in all, Dr. Kohlstedt said it was “a terrific experience.”  Clearly, both mentors and mentees had valuable experiences in Cleveland this year.  Scott Printser, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin who was paired with Dr. Richard Kremer (Datmouth), perhaps said it best when he wrote afterwards “I hope that we’ll continue this program in the future, because my classmates are jealous that they didn’t sign up!”  We certainly will, Scott!  Special thanks to Rachel Mason Dentinger and Cera Lawrence for coordinating this year’s mentorship program.  If you’re interested in being mentored or being a mentor at next year’s HSS meeting in San Diego, please contact for more information.


Be sure to stay in touch with GECC by following our webpage ( or liking us on Facebook (History of Science Society Graduate and Early Career Caucus).  GECC leadership for 2012 will stay intact, with Nathan Crowe (co-chair), Melinda Gormley (co-chair), Rachel Mason Dentinger (mentorship coordinator), and Matt White (communications officer) all returning to serve another year.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, feel free to contact any of us through our GECC email,  At the moment, we’re still looking for session ideas for the 2012 annual meeting and would welcome any and all suggestions.


The panel of the GECC sponsored Author's Workshop. David Kaiser of MIT, Karen Darling of the University of Chicago Press, Audra Wolfe of Outside Reader, and Marguerite Avery of MIT Press. Friday, November 4, 2011. For more photos of GECC Sponsored Events at the HSS Meeting see the Graduate and Early Career Caucus's Facebook page.

Sigerist Prize for the History of Medicine and Science 2012 for Young Scholars

The Swiss Society for the History of Medicine and Science invites applications for the Henry-E.-Sigerist-Prize for the promotion of young scholars in the history of medicine and science.

Deadline for application: March 15, 2012

The prize was founded in 1967 by Mr. and Mss. Guggenheim-Schnurr from Basel in order to award outstanding young scholars in the field of history of medicine and science.

Applicants should submit studies completed within the last two years, i.e.
– articles published in journals
– dissertations
– printed books
– works of another kind which have been selected by the jury or proposed
to it.

The texts have to be written in German, French, Italian or English and to be related to Switzerland by content, authorship or institution. Work
which has previously been awarded a prize is not eligible. Authors should not be older than 36. Dissertations and books have to be accompanied by a summary of no more than five pages. The detailed regulations can be found at
The prize amounts to CHF 2000.- (approx. $ 1600)
Applications (in electronic form or in two paper copies, including a short
CV) and enquiries should be sent to the president of the jury:
Prof. Hubert Steinke MD, PhD
Institute for the History of Medicine
Buehlstrasse 26
CH – 3012 Bern
Tel. 0041 (0)31 631 84 29
Fax 0041 (0)31 631 84 91