Campus Groups and Resources

There are a number of organizations, groups, and resources on campus which may be of particular interest to you as a Societal Computing PhD student. We strongly encourage you to consider participating in one or more in order to further enrich your experience during your time here as a student.



As a non-advocacy educational organization, Carnegie Mellon Student Pugwash intends to increase awareness of the ethical dilemmas created by the interaction of science, technology, and medicine within contemporary society.  Founded in 1955 by Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, and other eminent scientists through a manifesto urging scientists to "think in a new way" about their moral responsibilities in the nuclear age. In 1957, the first Pugwash Conference was held in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, bringing together some of the greatest scientific minds to address nuclear weapons issues and the social responsibility of scientists. We are a chapter of SPUSA, a daughter organization founded in 1979 that strives to convene the next generation of scientists around today's parallel issues

Students for Science & Tech Policy


Students for Science and Tech Policy is a student organization that aims to bring about science, engineering and technology policy discourse in the Carnegie Mellon student and professional community. The prime medium of operations will be lectures, skill-based workshops and an annual policy tour to Washington D.C. By leveraging our existing network and resources, we hope to provide the Carnegie Mellon campus community with opportunities to learn about and engage in science policy and raise the campus community's awareness of science policy.


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Carnegie Mellon CyLab is a bold and visionary effort, which establishes public-private partnerships to develop new technologies for measurable, secure, available, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems. CyLab is a world leader in both technological research and the education of professionals in information assurance, security technology, business and policy, as well as security awareness among cybercitizens of all ages.

Building on more than two decades of Carnegie Mellon leadership in Information Technology, CyLab is a university-wide initiative that involves more than 50 faculty and 100 graduate students from more than six different departments and schools.

CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS)

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The CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) brings together researchers working on a diverse set of projects related to understanding and improving the usability of privacy and security software and systems. Our research employs a combination of three high-level strategies to make secure systems more usable: building systems that "just work" without involving humans in security-critical functions; making secure systems intuitive and easy to use; and teaching humans how to perform security-critical tasks.

CUPS is affiliated with Carnegie Mellon CyLab. Our research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Lab, Microsoft, and GoogleWombat Security Technologies, Inc. is commercializing some of the technologies we developed.

CUPS students come from several CMU PhD programs including the programs in Societal ComputingEngineering and Public PolicyHuman Computer InteractionComputer ScienceElectrical and Computer Engineering, and Public Policy and Management. Prospective students should apply directly to these programs and also express their interest in theCUPS doctoral training program.

Public Communications for Researchers (PCR)


We are a group of grad students, professors, deans, journalists, and science communicators who want to enhance the conversation between the science community and the general public. The result is Public Communication for Researchers, a professional development program to teach communication skills to graduate students in fields of research. PCR was founded by three Ph.D. students at Carnegie Mellon in response to seeing science misunderstood and discredited in public discourse.

Global Communications Center (GCC)


The Global Communication Center (GCC) provides free consulting for the CMU community. Our trained communication consultants help CMU students, faculty, and staff convey their ideas logically, clearly, and effectively in one-on-one sessions, and classroom workshops. Whether it's written, verbal, or visual, get a second set of eyes on your project. Our expert feedback will help you write and present more effectively. 

Triple Helix


The Triple Helix, Inc. is an undergraduate, student-run organization dedicated to the promotion of interdisciplinary discussion. We encourage critical analysis of legally and socially important issues in science and promote the exchange of ideas. Our flagship publication, the bi-annual Science in Society Review, and our online blog, The Triple Helix Online, provide research-based perspectives on pertinent scientific issues facing society today.

Note: Triple Helix is, primarily, an undergraduate organization. However, graduate students and faculty are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Various Seminar Series