Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Program Requirements

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The Grand Challenges Scholars Program will be fulfilled through the completion of the core and elective requirements within required coursework and extracurricular activities. Please see the summary sections below. Students will work with their faculty mentor to develop an assessment plan that meets all of the requirements for the program. Most work is done individually but group work may be necessary for some of the competencies.


Core Requirements

Creative Talent

  1. Research or creative design project
    1. Faculty-led
    2. Honors
    3. Capstone Design
    4. Co-op with federal or private partner
  2. Presentation at GCSP Meeting

Multicultural

  1. At least two courses on cultural diversity/global traditions

Multidisciplinary

  1. At least 3 non-engineering courses (from humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and math/stats or data analyses)
  2. Discussion of interdisciplinary perspective in portfolio

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  1. At least one course on entrepreneurship or social entrepreneurship

Social Consciousness

  1. At least one course touching upon ethics and/or civic engagement

Additional Electives

Select one or more from each competency.

Creative Talent

  • Research showcased in a campus event 
  • Peer-reviewed publication
  • Research presented in a professional meeting
  • University competitions
  • Professional competitions
  • Applying for invention disclosure or patent
  • Research showcased at a local chapter of professional societies

Multicultural

  • Study abroad
  • Junior United Nations 
  • Local collaboration with international initiatives
  • Additional course related to global implication of grand challenges
  • Wright State Ambassador program
  • Exchange programs

Multidisciplinary

  • Interdisciplinary team research
  • One non-engineering course related to Grand Challenges topic

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Deep immersion into a semester-long involvement with an enterprise or a startup
  • Undergrad certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship minor
  • Active role in Wright State Entrepreneurship Club
  • Additional advanced course
  • Participation in area innovation hub or competition
  • Federal/State innovation programs such as NSF-I Corps or equivalent

Social Consciousness

  • Service learning options
  • Volunteerism
  • K-12 outreach in STEM  
  • Service/leadership role at community-centered student organization 
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Wright State Chapter of UNICEF
  • Two semesters of any service-learning project offered by an accredited institution