How, exactly, does someone go from playing professional basketball in Ibiza to researching crisis informatics at the University of Washington? According to Dr. Kate Starbird, the answer is less about a single decision, and more about the hundreds of tiny decisions that help us all find our paths.
College Park Scholars means two years of learning across disciplines, considering complicated problems and making connections between the classroom and the rest of the world. As a capstone to that experience, we require sophomore Scholars to identify and complete a practicum project. In 2017, a sophomore in our Environment, Technology and Economy program developed a sustainability intervention as part of an internship. A Science, Technology and Society student researched basic income and workforce automation.
It isn’t every day that a faculty panel about why things go viral kicks off with a presenter who has already become a meme, but in College Park Scholars—and for Science and Global Change Program Director Thomas Holtz, a celebrity within paleontology spheres—that’s par for the course. In late February, students from across Scholars gathered for a panel discussion, “Memes and Other Mysteries: How and Why Stuff Goes Viral.” The event was part of Scholars’ annual theme programming, “Going Viral.”