Welcome to Science Court!

Science Court is a project designed to combat polarization in American society and strengthen democracy. It is run as an interdisciplinary course in the University of Minnesota Honors Program involving students from across the university. The students select a controversial issue and spend an entire semester studying it in depth to determine the facts (based on sound scientific research) and then argue it in a mock trial in front of a jury of citizens with a mix of views and backgrounds. The public is engaged through compelling audio, video and online content generated by the students about the preparations, trial and verdict. The trial is open to the public.

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2021 Science Court Case

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Science Court will be offered again in Spring 2021 starting on January 19, 2021. What controversial issue should we study? If you have suggestions for the students, fill in our suggestion form.


Documentary of SciCourt 2019!

Our fantastic Grace O'Neil wrapped up a memorable year in this fantastic documentary. Definitely worth the watch! Don't forget to tune in next year for our next SciCourt Case!

The Final Verdict!

And the verdict is.... 10-5 to the Pro Team! After 3 hours of deliberation on Sunday the jury delivered their final verdict just a few minutes ago.  It was a great semester full of discussion, debate, and a lot of research! We would like to thank you all for following along, but we would also like to remind you to stick around. There is still another Podcast and a Documentary about the trial on the way! Not to mention, we will be back next fall for another edition of SciCourt.

We Take Nuclear Power to Court

What happened at Hamline University? Who had the best arguments? What in the world is Thoriam? Find out the answers to all those questions and more about our trial in the podcast below!


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Upcoming Events

When: Thursday, Oct 8, 2020, 6:30 p.m. (Central)
Where: Online. Registration required.
What: Tadmor lecture on "Can Truth Save Democracy? We’re Trying in Science Court"

Ellad Tadmor will be presenting a talk on "Can Truth Save Democracy? We’re Trying in Science Court" as part of the University of Minnesota, College of Science & Engineering, Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Impacting Communities.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit https://cse.umn.edu/college/cse-public-lecture


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