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Grand Challenges Scholars Program at NC State

Preparing a Generation to Tackle the Grand Challenges

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The Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) is based on the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) grand challenges and is a multi-year, research-based program that is designed to prepare students to be 21st-century problem solvers.

At NC State Engineering, the GCSP includes a multitude of unique experiences that combine coursework, research, extracurricular activities, internships, study abroad, and volunteer opportunities.

The NC State Engineering GCSP leverages our engineering curriculum and programs, institutes and centers, as well as diverse experiences supported throughout and beyond our campus. These combined opportunities ensure that scholars achieve a rich portfolio centered upon a Grand Challenge that builds five Core Competencies.

The students’ Area of Research focuses on one or more of the four pillars of the Grand Challenges:

  • Security
  • Joy of Living
  • Sustainability
  • Health

14 Grand Challenges

With input from people around the world, an international group of leading technological thinkers were asked to identify the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century.