Grand Challenges Scholars Program

NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program

Grand Challenges Scholars ProgramBecome an Engineering Grand Challenges Scholar! Would you like to:

  • Join a select community of Miami students who are exploring solutions to some of the 21 st century’s most pressing human needs?
  • Interact with distinguished leaders from industry, business, academia, government and service organizations?
  • Design a custom plan of study to explore one of our nation's pressing Grand Challenges?
  • Earn designation from the National Academy of Engineering and Miami University as a Grand Challenges Scholar?

If so, Miami’s Grand Challenges Scholar Program might be right for you. 

Our nation and world face significant challenges in the broad areas of sustainability, health, vulnerability, and in improving quality of living globally. The National Academy of Engineering has identified 14 Grand Challenges in these areas and, along with the President of the United States, has called upon our nation's universities to prepare the next generation of engineers to address these problems. In response, in a letter of commitment to President Barack Obama, more than 120 U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers equipped to tackle these most pressing issues facing our global society. A result of this commitment is creation of the  Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

Miami’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) is open to any Miami undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's degree. As one of our Grand Challenges Scholars you have the opportunity to:

  • Design and complete your own educational experience that includes the following areas:
    • Research or hands-on work on a project that addresses one of the 14 Grand Challenges, which you select based on your interest.
    • An interdisciplinary component to help you to explore how to overcome potential barriers within society to implement solutions to the Grand Challenge.
    • An entrepreneurship experience to help you to explore market related skills in solving a Grand Challenge.
    • A global experience to help you to explore global issues in solving a Grand Challenge.
    • A service learning experience that helps you to examine potential social implications bring to bear solutions to a Grand Challenge.
  • Interact in small groups or one-on-one with a Grand Challenges Scholar In Residence, each semester.
  • Engage in, and plan, activities, social events, and other dimensions of the GCSP.
  • Receive mentoring from upper-class students, and become a peer mentor yourself.

The GCSP program is open to any Miami student who has at least three semesters remaining to graduation from the start of their Grand Challenges Scholar Program experience. Applications for the Grand Challenge Scholars Program are accepted each semester and are reviewed by the Grand Challenges Scholars Steering Committee. If you wish to learn more please explore this website or contact us at