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Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP)

Competencies

The National Academy of Engineering requires all Grand Challenges Scholars to complete five sets of broadening and high-engagement activities relating to one or more of the Grand Challenges.

Research

Students can fulfill the research component of the GSCP by:

Interdisciplinary

Students can fulfill the interdisciplinary component of the GCSP by:

  • Completing a cluster related to your selected challenge
  • Participating in a related Humanities Center program
  • Completing one of the following courses along with a three to five page written reflection of the connection between the course material and the student’s Grand Challenge problem:
    • PHL 120: Engineering Ethics
    • Other courses as identified by the GCSP Steering Committee each year
  • Completing other related experiences, with approval of the GCSP Steering Committee
Entrepreneurship/Innovation

Students can fulfill this component of the GCSP by:

  • Participating in Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship
  • Completing a Barbara J. Burger iZone or Ain Center for Entrepreneurship project
  • Participating in the e5 Program
  • Completing one of the following courses along with a three to five page written reflection of the connection between the course material and the student’s Grand Challenge problem:
    • ENT 101: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    • ENT 223: Planning and Growing a Business Venture
    • ENT 225K: Technical Entrepreneurship
    • ENT 227K Entrepreneurship in the Not-For-Profit Environment
    • ENY 227K: Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship
    • LAW 205: Business Law
    • MKT 203: Principles of Marketing
    • CAS 360: Leadership in a Diverse World
    • CAS 125: Creating an Inclusive Campus Community: Disability, Mentorship and Inclusive Higher Education
    • CAS 358: The Leadership Experience
  • Participating in an external entrepreneurship program competition
  • Participating in the Hult Prize competition
  • Completing other related experiences, with approval of the GCSP Steering Committee
Global

Students can fulfill this component of the GCSP by:

  • Studying abroad through a Hajim School or Center for Education Abroad Program
  • Participating in a faculty-led field experience
  • Creating a global senior design experience
  • Volunteering with Engineers Without Borders
  • Developing an on-campus program focused on engaging our growing international population. 
    • For example, students may propose a year-long series of monthly conversations on culture, social and political differences, environmental and infrastructure contexts, etc. of different communities around the world and how these differences inform engineering design decisions.  Students would need to propose an idea to engage a global community and develop a global perspective on campus; this would need to be approved by the GCSP Steering Committee.
  • Completing one of the following courses, along with a three to five page written reflection of the connection between the course material and the student’s Grand Challenge problem:
    • CAS 170: US Life: Customs and Practices
    • ANT 101: Cultural Anthropology
    • ANT 266: Anthropology of Globalization
    • ANT 268: Science, Culture and Expertise
    • ANT 299: Malawi Immersion Seminar
    • ASL 113: French Sign Language and Deaf Culture
    • CLA 299: Field Methods in Archeology
    • POL 157: Polish in Poland
    • SP 205: Spain: Past Present and Future
    • FR 157: French in France
    • GER 157: German in Germany
    • HIS 110: The Making of Modern Africa New Perspectives in Global History
    • HIS 299: Archaeological Field and Research Methods
    • TBD Digital Archaeology of Heritage Buildings of West Africa
  • Participating in other related experiences, with approval of the GCSP Steering Committee
Service

Students have a number of options to meet this component of the GCSP, including:

  • Completing the Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship program
  • Developing an Barbara J. Burger iZone project to obtain the skills needed to understand the importance of working to help others and developing a deepened awareness of the impact of their work on society through the development and implementation of the project.
  • Volunteering for Engineers Without Borders or Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • Completing one of the following courses along with a three to five page written reflection of the connection between the course material and the student’s Grand Challenge problem:
    • CAS 202: Introduction to Community-Engaged Scholarship
    • CAS xxx: Advanced Topics in Community-Engaged Scholarship
    • PH 397: Community Engaged Internship
  • Participating in other related experiences, with approval of the GCSP Steering Committee

Learn more about the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program by visiting their official website.

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