Call for Submissions: STM Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Science, Technology, and Medicine interest group of the SMA is pleased to welcome submissions for the STM Graduate Student Paper Prize.  This prize is awarded annually for a paper that offers an innovative anthropological approach to issues in science, technology, or medicine.    These issues include:

1.  How scientific research, technological transformation and professional medicine inform public health policy, popular culture, and affect the intimate realms of bodily experience;
2.  The ways laboratory and experimental medicine (both public and private sector) are influenced by economic and political institutions and patient mobilization;
3.  The specificities of the development, regulation, marketing and distribution of pharmaceuticals and biologics;
4.  How local experiences of illness and health are refracted through established modes of discrimination (such as class, race, and gender) and unequal access to new medical technologies; and
5.  The extent to which these pragmatic and embodied responses to medical science and technology shape concepts of personhood and degrees of political membership.
The author must be enrolled as a graduate student at the time of submission, and the paper cannot be in press or published at the time of submission (it can be under review).
The word count should be 6000-8000.  The winner of the prize will be announced at the 2012 American Anthropological Association Meetings. The winner will also receive detailed suggestions from the committee on ways to prepare the article for publication.

Submissions should be emailed by June 1st, 2012 to Ian Whitmarsh:

For more information on the STM interest group, go to:


Featured Job: A STEM Oral Historian at The HistoryMakers

Even when job seekers think outside the proverbial academic box, few graduate students or newly minted PhD’s in the history of science look outside of a given set of potential employers. We all want to work for a college or university, a museum, or maybe a government agency.  But there are a large number of private, independent contractors and consultants who provide a host of history related services such researching and writing histories, conducting oral histories, legal research, historic preservation services, and providing archival and records management services. This week’s featured job is for a STEM Oral Historian for The HistoryMakers. an American, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution committed to preserving, developing and providing easy access to an internationally recognized archival collection African American video oral histories.

The HistoryMakers is looking for  an experienced, full-time STEM oral historian to conduct 3-4 hour videotaped interviews of accomplished African American scientists as part of a nationwide ScienceMakers National Science Foundation STEM initiative.  The opening calls for someone  literate in STEM fields,  with a talent for explaining STEM concepts in layman’s terms,  possibly with a background in science journalism, and someone who keeps up on scientific journals and science events. While this position does not ask for a historian of science explicitly, it seems perfect for those historians of science who keep abreast of scientific advances. And those students who are in the early stages of their education should note that these types of positions often require skills outside of what is typically taught in traditional history of science programs. It behooves students to get additional skills like oral history, museum exhibition, museum education, historic preservation, or legal research and writing, just to name a few, while still in graduate school.


Position Announcement on H-Net.

The HistoryMakers web site.

National Council on Public History’s web page on consultants complete with a list of resources and public history consultants organized by state.

Manage Your Career: Article at The Chronicle of Higher Education

Are you concerned about what you’ll do after graduate school? It’ll be too late if you wait until after you have your diploma to think seriously about the job market. You need to ask yourself now while you are in graduate school, “What am I doing to guarantee that I’ll get the job I want?” You have probably already heard someone say that bearing down to get your work done is not enough. You need to be presenting, publishing, and networking. With so much to do, you must be calculated in your approach. You must set priorities.


As a starting point, read Karen Kelsky’s article “Graduate School is a Means to a Job” in Chronicle of Higher Education on 27 March 2012.


If you aren’t reading Chronicle of Higher Education on a regular basis, consider starting. Why? “The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.” It has great advice and will keep you abreast of trends and concerns in the world of academia.