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SPUSA Chapter Program
SPUSA campus-based chapters enable students
to convene regularly to discuss science, technology, and society.
Today, students on campuses across the country are participating
in dozens of local, regional, and national events. Chapter activities
range from a 'hands on technology night' on lie detector technology, roundtable
discussions on technology and international development, lectures on climate change and society, and conferences on the future of governing emerging technologies.
SPUSA activities empower students to take control of their own education
and shape it in unique ways. An active leader in the chapter
program will come away with organizing and public speaking skills,
knowledge of successful event planning, and a new capacity in which
to view the role of science and technology in society.
To find out more about the SPUSA chapter program and how to get involved e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of Chapter ProgramAfter the 1981 International Student Pugwash
conference, SPUSA chapters were established at five campuses across
the United States. Due to students' desire to have an ongoing forum
to discuss science, ethics, and world affairs, the chapter program
grew. Today, students on campuses across the country are participating
in hundreds of local, regional, and national events.
Comments from Chapter Members
"My involvement in Student Pugwash [USA]
has shaped the way I approach learning and decision making. I am
critical of one-sided presentations of issues and try to learn as
much as possible before aligning myself. Through Student Pugwash
I have been exposed to a wide range of topics and questions that
do not fit into the typical undergraduate curriculum. My chapter
tries to share this exposure with the university community, and
we find ourselves learning as we educate."
-University of Wisconsin, Madison
"For five years now, I have been involved in Student Pugwash
USA. Throughout this time, it has remained the single constant force
in my life which has consistently challenged me to think and act
in a new way. More than any other experience, my involvement with
Student Pugwash has made me grow as a person, both intellectually
and ethically. Through Pugwash [Conferences on Science and World
Affairs], I've been able to actively participate in working groups
with [the] world's leading experts on the most pressing issues facing
our world, from emerging infectious diseases to education for world
citizenship. No other organization offers students this type of
opportunity. Through Student Pugwash, I've learned what's involved
in running an organization, what kinds of challenges await scientists
and professionals in the real world, and what it means to live according
to an ethical system which, above all, values our humanity. Through
Student Pugwash, more than any other force, I've become who I am
-Stanford University chapter member
"Quite frankly. . .Student Pugwash [USA] was the inspiration
for my interest in peace and security issues. . . As a biomedical
engineer at a place like Hopkins, I wouldn't have had a chance.
. .to talk about these issues, much less to develop a heightened
perspective on them, or to be put in touch with others who also
are interested in them - not without the help of Student Pugwash."
Hopkins University chapter member
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