The CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences will prepare students to make research contributions advancing the growing science of intelligent design (ID). The seminar will explore cutting-edge ID work in fields such as molecular biology, biochemistry, embryology, developmental biology, paleontology, computational biology, ID-theoretic mathematics, cosmology, physics, and the history and philosophy of science. The seminar will include presentations on the application of intelligent design to laboratory research as well as frank treatment of the academic realities that ID researchers confront in graduate school and beyond, and strategies for dealing with them.
Although the primary focus of the seminar is science, there also will be discussion of the worldview implications of the debate over intelligent design. Participants will benefit from instruction and interaction with prominent ID researchers and scholars. Past seminars have included such speakers as Michael Behe, Stephen Meyer, William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, Paul Nelson, Jay Richards, Douglas Axe, Ann Gauger, Richard Sternberg, Robert Marks, Scott Minnich, and Bruce Gordon. The seminar is open to students who intend to pursue graduate studies in the natural sciences or the philosophy of science. Student applicants must be college juniors or seniors or already in graduate school. We also reserve spaces for a cohort of professional applicants, including postdocs, professors, scientists, teachers, pastors, or other working professionals.
Do you have a commitment to truth and to following the evidence where it leads? Do you have the desire, the vision and the determination necessary to breathe new purpose into the scientific enterprise and influence its self-understanding in ways that will benefit both science and humanity? Apply to become one of a select group of students participating in this exciting program.
Format & Dates
The 2021 Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences will be comprised of three parts:
(1) Self-paced online curriculum including special video lectures, readings, and more
(2) Online discussions with seminar faculty and fellow participants over Zoom
(June 25–26, July 2–3, and July 9–10)
(3) A capstone weekend of lectures and discussions held in Dallas, TX for U.S. participants and online for international participants (July 15–17)
Contact Hannah Swain at [email protected]
or (206) 826-5532
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Students applicants must be currently enrolled in a college or university as a junior, senior, or graduate student. Required application materials include:
(2) Copy of academic transcript
(3) Short statement describing your interest in intelligent design and its perceived relationship to your field of study and/or career plans
(4) Letter of recommendation from a professor who is familiar with your work and friendly toward ID
(or) Phone interview between the applicant and a seminar director
There is no application fee or tuition, and those admitted to the program will receive digital course materials free-of-charge, including books, articles, and other resources. U.S. participants who will also be attending the capstone weekend in the Dallas area will be provided with lodging, meals, and the ability to request a need-based travel scholarship towards airfare.