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Students Earn $15K at Grand Challenge Scholars Program Pitch Event

October 31, 2019

Ten engineering students earned a total of $15,000 during the fourth annual Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) Pitch Event hosted by the University of Idaho College of Engineering. The GCSP is the only undergraduate program of its kind in Idaho, preparing students to solve the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering in the 21st century as established by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). 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.


The 2019 GCSP Pitch Event winners are:


Gary Dau Scholar

  • Nick Pancheri - Sophomore, Biological Engineering


Platinum Level

  • Lola Bangudu - Sophomore, Biological Engineering
  • Jordan Ommanney - Sophomore, Biological Engineering
  • Isabell Strawn - Junior, Biological Engineering
  • Bishal Thapa - Senior, Biological Engineering and Agricultural Education


Gold Level

  • Camille Eddy- Senior, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sebastian Garcia - Junior, Mechanical Engineering
  • Devin Richards - Junior, Civil Engineering


Silver Level

  • Annika Esau - Junior, Computer Science and Psychology
  • Kate Seegmiller - Senior, Mechanical Engineering

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. Funding is provided through donor support.


Learn more about these students and their projects.

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