Grand Challenge Scholars Program
The Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) is the only program of its kind in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. The program prepares students to solve the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering in the 21st century, as established by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
The University of Idaho College of Engineering is among a select group of engineering schools nationwide that together plan to graduate more than 20,000 formally recognized Grand Challenge Engineers over the next decade.
More About the Program
Browse more information about the 14 Grand Challenges and program components.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE), at the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), convened a committee of leading technical thinkers to identify the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century.
- Make solar energy economical
- Provide energy from fusion
- Develop carbon sequestration methods
- Manage the nitrogen cycle
- Provide access to clean water
Joy of Living
The U of I Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a combined curricular and extra-curricular program with five components designed to prepare students to address the grand challenges facing society in this century. All students who complete the program successfully will receive a distinction of Grand Challenge Scholar endorsed by University of Idaho and the National Academy of Engineering.
- Hands-on Project OR Research Experience
- Interdisciplinary Curriculum
- Global Dimension
- Service Learning
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Grand Challenge Pitch Event
Every fall semester, students pitch their GCSP projects to an assembly of judges to secure funding for their ideas.
Grand Challenge Scholars' Projects
Learn more about challenge projects students are currently working on.