Grand Challenge Scholars Program accepting applications

Grand Challenge Scholars ProgramThe Grand Challenge Scholars Program is now accepting applications through April 1st. The program is open to any Miami undergraduate pursuing a bachelor’s degree who has at least three semesters remaining to graduation from the start of their GCSP experience. GCSP is designed to prepare the next generation of students for addressing the grand challenges facing society in this century.

Students have the opportunity to design and complete their own educational experience that includes sustainability, health, security, or joy of living. Students then select a depth experience which includes a research or project experience, business/entrepreneurship experience, global experience or service experience.

Chemical Engineering major Paris Franz, who’s Grand Challenge is Engineering the Tools of Scientific Discovery says “"The GCSP really helps you connect how what you learn in school is applicable to real-world challenges. Being involved in the program has helped me narrow down the direction I want to take after graduation, and tailor my coursework and activities so that I will be better prepared to pursue a career in engineering instruments of scientific discovery."

Students also engage in, and plan, activities, social events, and other dimensions of the GCSP. They also receive mentoring from upper-class students, and become a peer mentor.

Bioengineering major Katie Wood says “The Grand Challenge program provides a context for the extracurricular activities I'm involved in. It helps relate my experiences to a big picture problem with the different categories. Overall, it will connect my college experience to something I'm really passionate about!” Katie’s Grand Challenge is Engineering Better Medicines.

Applications are accepted each semester and are reviewed by the Grand Challenge Scholars Steering Committee. If you are interested in applying or have questions about the program, contact or complete the online application.

For more information about the program, visit the Grand Challenge Scholars Program website.