Application

To request an application, please email GCSP@MiamiOH.edu.

In order to apply for and participate in the Grand Challenge Scholars Program students must submit a proposed plan of study consistent with the framework shown below. This means students need to choose a Grand Challenge Problem and explain how they will fulfill each of the five components listed below. While students will complete all five components, one must be chosen to explore more in-depth. The proposed experiences can fulfill one requirement only. For example the same Engineers without Borders project cannot fulfill both the service and global requirements. Students may propose alternative experiences or courses for approval by the Grand Challenges Steering Committee. For example, the depth requirement may be fulfilled by completion of a relevant minor or double major.

Plan of Study Framework

1. Research/Project

Students must demonstrate the ability to undertake research or a capstone project related to a Grand Challenge. A Grand Challenge related 3-credit (or equivalent) capstone or equivalent research experience may fulfill this requirement. For students who wish to use research or a project as their depth component, extended research or project equivalent to 6 credits, summer-long research, or relevant internship or co-op may fulfill the depth requirement.

2. Interdisciplinary Component

Students must demonstrate skills in, or knowledge of, working at the boundary between technical and non-technical areas when solving a Grand Challenge. A course or courses from the Global Miami Plan that prepares students to work at the boundary between engineering and non-engineering disciplines may fulfill this requirement. The interdisciplinary component may not be used to fulfill the depth requirement. 

3. Entrepreneurship

Students must demonstrate business or market-related skills and knowledge in solving a Grand Challenge. A 1-2-credit hour course in Entrepreneurship or equivalent experience such as Startup Weekend may fulfill this requirement. For students who wish to use entrepreneurship as their depth component, 6 credits of relevant coursework, a business launch, or an internship experience related to the Grand Challenge may fulfill the depth requirement.

4. Global Dimension

Students must demonstrate skills in, or knowledge of, global issues in solving a Grand Challenge. A 2-3-credit hour course from Miami Plan Foundation Area II, Global Perspectives, or a significant international experience equivalent may fulfill this requirement. For students who wish to use global dimension as their selected depth component, 6 credits of relevant coursework, a semester studying abroad, or an international internship/co-op related to the Grand Challenge may fulfill the depth requirement.

5. Service Learning

Students must demonstrates ability to work within, or knowledge of, the social context in bringing to bear solutions to a Grand Challenge. A 2-3 credit relevant service learning course or 30 hours documented active and effective service relevant to the selected Grand Challenge may fulfill this requirement. For students who wish to use service learning as their in-depth requirement, 6 credits of service learning courses related to the selected Grand Challenge, multi-semester participation as both a member and leader in a service organization related to the selected Grand Challenge theme, or a significant service project (totaling at least 80 hours) related to the selectedGrand Challenge may fulfill this requirement.

Application Process

Interested students should submit the following:

  • Plan of study prepared by the applicant
    • Identify a Grand Challenge theme or problem of interest
    • Submit a plan that fulfills the plan of study framework and is related to the selected Grand Challenge theme or problem of interest
  • Essay explaining their commitment to the Grand Challenge Scholars program and awareness of social/global issues

Any Miami undergraduate in good standing can apply, typically in their sophomore year. Applications will be due once a semester and are reviewed by the Grand Challenge Steering Committee . Accepted applicants will begin the program the following semester.

Deadlines

  • November 1 for spring semester admission
  • April 1 for fall semester admission

Acceptance Criteria:

  • Student must be in good standing
  • Student must be committed to the Grand Challenges and aware of social and/or global issues as evidenced by their essay
  • Student proposes a coherent plan of study that supports Grand Challenge theme or problem area
  • Student’s plan fulfills the requirements of the Plan of Study Framework
  • Student’s plan is feasible in that it can be completed successfully by graduation