Grand Challenges Scholars Designation Application

February 4, 2022
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Are you a graduating senior? If so, we invite you to apply NOW to be designated as a Grand Challenges Scholar!

Throughout USC and the Viterbi School, there have been a number of opportunities available for you to learn more about the NAE Grand Challenges – we have encouraged you to participate in Engineering +, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, multicultural and service opportunities – all of which match up with the competencies for Grand Challenges Scholars designation.

To be considered for designation, you must have had some experiences in each of the five competencies, only one of the experiences must be in “in-depth.”  In other words, if you have conducted research or had an internship related to one of the NAE Grand Challenges, that can be your “in-depth” experience!

Each year, the top Viterbi students who successfully complete the USC Viterbi Grand Challenges Scholars program areas will be named National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars, recognized both by USC at graduation and the National Academy of Engineering.  In addition, a notation about your status will be included on your final USC transcript.

The GCSP Committee will only accept applications from graduating seniors.  Each application will be evaluated on the student’s focus on their chosen Grand Challenge and interpretation of their work and experiences across the 5 competencies.

Upcoming Application Deadline: Friday, February 11th, 2022.


GCSP Designation Application

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Published on February 4th, 2022

Last updated on February 3rd, 2022