The Grand Challenge Scholars Program Pitch Event
Our Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GSCP) is the only undergraduate program of its kind in Idaho, designed to prepare students to solve the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering in the 21st century. These challenges were established by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as goals for improving life on this planet.
Every fall, the College of Engineering hosts the GSCP Pitch Event to give students the opportunity to explain how their projects not only address one of the 14 Grand Challenges, but meet primary NAE program components: Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living.
Students pitch their challenge projects to an assembly of judges made up of faculty, alumni and members of the U of I Academy of Engineers to secure funding for their ideas.
Funded through Charles B. DeVlieg, Charles R. DeVlieg and the DeVlieg Foundation, these scholar programs promote educational experiences with emphasis in science, engineering, renewable energy and preservation of natural resources.
Gary Dau Scholar
Established in memory of 1956 alumnus Gary Dau, the program helps students pursue creative problem-solving and gain skills to approach engineering challenges with innovative thinking.
Richard T and Bonnie L. Jacobsen Scholar
Established in honor of late U of I College of Engineering alumnus, professor, chair and dean Richard Jacobsen, the Jacobsen Scholar program helps fund mechanical engineering students engaging in faculty research.