New Scholar, Camryn Vader, Shares her Volunteer Experience

Camryn Vader standing in front of University Medical Center before volunteer shift














Camryn Vader, a rising Junior and double major in Neuroscience and Public Health at Tulane University, is a new member of our GCSP Class of 2023 Cohort! One of her many extracurricular activities is volunteering at University Medical Center, located in Downtown New Orleans. Camryn shares some of her experiences: 

As a Volunteer in the Emergency Department, my primary job is to walk the next-of-kin to the room their loved one is in. Although this is my main priority, you can also find me greeting patients at the front desk, providing support to patients in the waiting room, transporting patients from their car to the hospital, answering phone calls, and delivering food to patients in treatment rooms. Being a volunteer allows me to serve the New Orleans community and gain an understanding of different cultures and ways of life. Moreover, it provides me a way to integrate heart and soul into healthcare while providing adequate care for patients.”

Thanks for sharing Camryn! We are excited to have you in our next cohort of Scholars!

Class of 2023 Scholars

GCSP Class of 2022/2023 Cohorts posing

Keefer Boone standing for photo
Keefer Boone
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering











Swathi Katakam posing for photo
Swathi Katakam
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering











Camryn Vader standing for photo
Camryn Vader
Major(s): Neuroscience and Public Health











Eliza Gregory standing for photo
Eliza Gregory
Major(s): Engineering Physics












Caroline Sawrey standing for photo
Caroline Sawrey
Major(s): Biochemistry and Spanish











GCSP Class of 2021 Showcase

April 26, 2021

GCSP Class of 2021 with Stoles and Certificates

The GCSP Class of 2021 presented their final showcase presentations live in the Tulane LBC Qatar Ballroom and on Zoom in a hybrid in-person/Zoom format on Monday, April 26. The virtual and in-person audiences consisted of Tulane faculty, staff, SSE Board members, Scholars’ family members, and the new cohort of GCSP Scholars. The five members of the Class of 2021 Scholars presented their unique journeys as Tulane undergraduates, portraying how their experiences completed the five GCSP competencies and worked toward one or more NAE Grand Challenges. Questions were asked after each presentation, and the Scholars were able to give advice about the program to the new cohort members in attendance. Scholars were able to elaborate on some of their experiences and share their plans after graduation. 

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend-virtually and in person! We are very proud of the Class of 2021 and know great things in store for them in the future. 

The entire showcase was recorded on Zoom and is included below for your viewing.

GCSP Class of 2021 Showcase Recording

GCSP Class of 2021 Showcase Program

Class of 2022 Scholars

GCSP Class of 2022/2023 Cohorts posing











Victoria Kutz standing for photo
Victoria Kutz
Major(s): Psychology and Exercise Science











Penelope Stieglitz standing for photo
Penelope Stieglitz
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering









Hillary Smith standing for photo
Hillary Smith
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering and Physics












Mark Xiao standing for photo

Mark Xiao
Major(s): Economics 










Scholar Spotlight: Carly Harad’s work at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Carly Harad (GCSP class of 2021) began working at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the summer of 2020 in the Orthotic and Prosthetic Department. She was awarded a grant through Tulane University and the National Institutes of Health for an immersive clinical experience. Along with three other biomedical engineering students, she observed and interacted with patients, clinicians, and engineers to identify ways to improve clinical care and outcomes for patients. Their summer work generated twenty-plus needs statements, which inspired their peers and led to the foundation of two senior design capstone projects. Furthermore, Carly managed a case study to assess the potential benefits of digitizing the prosthetic workflow by integrating 3D scanners, CAD software, and 3D printers; the results were presented on a poster and submitted to the internal Performance Excellence Fair. The poster won 1st place, and the department was awarded $10,000.

Carly is passionate about improving clinical outcomes, restoring patient confidence and independence, and improving the efficiency of healthcare treatments. It is this drive that fuels her work, which has continued beyond the summer program. As the lead 3D printing engineer, Carly designs and verifies CAD files, prepares them for printing by designing them for additive manufacturing, maintains the 3D printers, and runs the files.

GCSP Class of 2019 Showcase

April 4, 2019

The 2019 graduating GCSP cohort presented their Final Showcase presentations in Richardson Memorial building on Tulane’s campus on April 4, 2019. The scholars presented their experiences throughout their years at Tulane. They each illustrated how these experiences allowed them to complete the five GCSP competencies and further culminated to tackling one (or more) Grand Challenge(s)

GCSP Class of 2019 Showcase Ceremony Program


GCSP Class of 2020 Showcase

April 17, 2020

The GCSP Class of 2020 presented their final showcase videos to a ‘Zoom Room’ audience of over fifty Tulane faculty, staff, School of Science and engineering board members, family members, and supporters. Due to COVID-19, this year’s showcase was presented a little differently, as a virtual showcase. The scholars showed pre-recorded presentations of their achievements and work during their time at Tulane, displaying how they incorporated those experiences to complete the five GCSP competencies and tackled one (or more) specific NAE Grand Challenge(s). We opened the floor for questions after each scholar’s presentation, and we also had a brief Q&A panel at then end for the scholars to elaborate on some of their experiences and future plans. Thank you to everyone who attended the showcase! We are so proud of what the Class of 2020 scholars have accomplished so far, and we look forward to their bright futures.

GCSP Class of 2020 Showcase Screenshots
GCSP Class of 2020 Showcase Ceremony Program

A Conversation with Dean Foster of the School of Science and Engineering

February 12, 2020

Dean Kimberly Foster of the School of Science and Engineering met with the Scholars in both 2020 and 2021 cohorts to kick off the Spring semester for our Grand Challenge Scholars. She engaged the students in conversation on topics ranging from cycling to the heart, and white coat syndrome. She is always leaving the scholars ready to take on new challenges and inspired to develop their workshops for spring outreach events!

Design Thinking Workshop at Sci High

February 19, 2020

Scholars led a Design-Thinking workshop for high school sophomore students at Sci High, just down the street from Tulane’s campus. Arjun, Asha, Diego, Lydia, and Carly presented the students with a “patient” suffering from a rare, genetic disorder and a host of symptoms alongside this disease. They then divided the students into small groups and used the design thinking process to address day-to-day issues the patient experiences. The students were then asked to design a prototype device to solve a specific problem for the patient. The workshop ended with student group presentations displaying their products and the process of developing their ideas. While five scholars attended the workshop, students from both the 2020 and 2021 cohorts worked together to develop the ideas for this workshop.