Apply now to be part of Grand Challenge Scholars Program

Grand Challenge Scholars Program applications are due Feb. 15.
Grand Challenge Scholars Program applications are due Feb. 15.

Be part of the solution to global problems by taking part in the college's Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP), a self-paced 1-to-3-year program ideal for socially conscious and highly motivated engineering students who want to have an impact on the world’s most pressing issues.

Whether you are interested in providing access to clean water or restoring urban infrastructure, this program provides you an experiential path to understanding and potentially providing solutions to the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges. The GCSP encourages students to tailor their learning experience beyond traditional coursework, preparing scholars to enter the workforce equipped with the tools and skills necessary to have an impact on the issues our world faces today.

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* All current students who are enrolled full-time in the College of Engineering who have at least one full academic year remaining may apply. (Typically Junior standing or lower; fourth-year students who will take a fifth year may also apply, for example). However, students are encouraged to apply as first-year students to provide more flexibility in completing the components.

* Must be in good academic standing with the College of Engineering (2.5 GPA minimum). GPA will be considered in the application process.

* Both Scott Campus and City Campus students are eligible.

* Students who are applying for UCARE at UNL, FUSE at UNO, or NSF Research Experience for
Undergraduates at any school receive strong preference in the application process.


Students admitted to the program will receive:

* Ability and support to focus your engineering education on one of the Grand Challenges of Engineering, giving you the potential to have an impact on society and the world through this program recognized by the National Academy of Engineering

* Access to submit proposals for a conference or education abroad scholarship fund to support your activity participation

* Profile as a Grand Challenge Scholar on the UNL GCSP website

* Support building skills that give you a competitive advantage for jobs, internships/co-ops, and graduate or professional school through building your capacity with the five GCSP components

* Scholars who complete the program in full will receive:

* Medal to wear at commencement

* $2,000 Grand Challenge Scholars Achievement Award

* Grand Challenge Scholars Program certificate from the College of Engineering

* Grand Challenge Scholars Program designation on transcript

* A letter of congratulations from the President of the National Academy of Engineers

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