Tulane Grand Challenge Events

Tulane GCSP Class of 2021 Senior Showcase

GCSP Class of 2021 Scholars presented their Senior Showcase presentations on Monday, April 26, in the LBC Qatar Ballroom to both an in-person and Zoom audience. 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 were able to elaborate on some of their experiences and share their plans after graduation. We are so proud of the Class of 2021 and look forward to seeing great things from them!

Applications for Class of 2022 and 2023 Cohorts are OPEN! Deadline is Friday, April 2, 2021

Rising Juniors and Seniors can apply now to be in the GCSP Class of 2022 or 2023 Cohort! Tulane faculty can also nominate students they think would benefit from being a Grand Challenge Scholar.

Save the Date! GCSP Class of 2021 Showcase on Monday, April 26, at 4:00 PM

Starting time is tentatively at 4:00 PM Central Time. Room location and Zoom information details to come soon. 

GCSP Class of 2020 Showcase

April 17, 2020
GCSP Class of 2020 presented their final Showcase virtually to an audience of over fifty Tulane faculty, staff, School of Science and Engineering board members, friends, family, and supporters. The Scholars answered questions following their pre-recorded video presentations of their accomplishments at Tulane allowed them to complete the five GCSP competencies and tackle one or more Grand Challenges. We are so proud of everything the Class of 2020 Scholars have accomplished and know their futures are bright!

LinkedIn Workshop

March 11, 2020
Class of 2021 Cohort received tactical advice from Tulane Career Services Career Adviser and SYE Coach Scott Cohen and Career Peer Mentor Caroline Hymes. 

Design Thinking Workshop at Sci High

February 19, 2020
Scholars brought a Design-Thinking workshop for high school sophomore students at Sci High, just down the street from Tulane’s campus. Both 2020 and 2021 cohorts worked to develop the framework for this workshop. Arjun, Asha, Diego, Lydia, and Carly were able to attend and assist in moderating the high school students through the design-thinking process to develop a solution to the proposed problem.

Dean Foster of Tulane School of Science and Engineering

February 12, 2020
Dean Kimberly Foster of the School of Science and Engineering met with the scholars and engaged in a range of conversation topics to kick off the spring semester.

Girls in STEM at Tulane (GiST) Workshop – The Human Eye

November 16th, 2019
Scholars developed and led a new workshop exploring different aspects of the human eye, focus, and attention. The workshop originated from Jessica’s psychology research which utilizes eye-tracking software to assess infant attention. Miguel, Liz, Asha, and Marco all assisted with the development and execution of the activities.

Conversation with Dean Bordnick – Virtual Reality in Research

November 11th, 2019
The Scholars were joined by Dean of Social Work Dr. Patrick Bordnick to discuss the past, present, and future of virtual reality applications in research, treatment, and beyond. Scholars and guests even had an opportunity to try out the VR for themselves!

GCSP Entrepreneurial Experience: Sustainability 

Don’t sit at home all summer! Join other Grand Challenge Scholars Program students from many institutions this June 2019 in Tempe, Arizona to explore the GCSP theme of sustainability while researching, designing and developing a product/service and a business plan. As a participant, you will collaborate on a multi-institution team to:

All expenses paid, including travel, meals, housing, and prototyping supplies!

Find out more information about this opportunity!

Class of 2019 Scholar Showcase

Our Scholars graduating in May 2019 presented their final projects on Thursday, April 4th from 4:00-6:00 pm in Richardson Memorial building room 204.

Roundtable with Prof. Richard Campanella

Roundtable with Dr. Guy Norton

Roundtable with Dr. Michael Moore

The focus of Dr. Moore’s laboratory is to develop in vitro models of neural growth, physiology, and disease by manipulating the chemical and physical extracellular microenvironment.  Toward this end, they employ a number of microengineering technologies such as microscale tissue engineering, novel nanomaterials, microfabrication, digital light projection microscopy, and optical modes of electrophysiological stimulation and recording.

Check out the Neural MicroEngineering Laboratory website 

Roundtable with Dr. Julie Albert

Among the next generation of technologies, Dr. Albert expects medical diagnostic devices that are more accurate and portable; electronic devices that are faster, smaller, and capable of storing more information; and energy sources that are cleaner without sacrificing capacity or power. She believes that polymers with tunable nano- and micro-structured morphologies can address these challenges. The Albert research group is interested in developing these types of materials for research applications related to present-day challenges in energy, health, and environmental applications.

Through the natural relationships between material properties, surface interactions, and morphology design, their work with polymeric materials encompasses research related to the following areas:

  • Nano- and micro- structured materials
  • Confined crystallization
  • Solvent vapor processing to control polymer morphology
  • Surface chemistry
  • Nanoporous membranes for oil/water separations
  • Biocompatible and functionalized surfaces and scaffolds for cell culture

Check out the Albert Research Group website 

Roundtable with Dr. Venable

K. Brent Venable currently holds a joint appointment as associate professor of computer science at Tulane University and research scientist at IHMC. Her main research interests are within artificial intelligence and regard, in particular, constraints, preferences, temporal reasoning and computational social choice. In particular, her research is dedicated to providing a solid framework for the design and deployment of intelligent systems able to reason about preferences.

See the projects Dr. Venable is currently working on. 

2017 GCSP Annual Meeting

November 27th-28th, 2017
National Academy of Sciences
Washington, D.C.

Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS)

July 18th-20th, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Check out highlights from the summit!


Looking for more events? Check out the Tulane SSE Events Calendar