GCSP students participated in the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London
Students collaborate together for global solutions
College of Engineering

Grand Challenges Scholars Program

The College of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP@NCAT) is a co- and extra-curricular program that provides undergraduate engineering and computer science majors the opportunity to build a globally focused skill set that distinguishes them as scholars in their respective field of study. GCSP@NCAT requires participants to maintain a sustained focus on a grand challenge of choice, while participating in activities towards the completion of five program competencies.

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"The Grand Challenges Scholars program makes me a more dynamic engineer by reinforcing the need to fulfill talent, multidisciplinary, entrepreneurial, multicultural, and social consciousness competencies through my undergraduate matriculation."

-Alessia Stewart

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"As a participant in the Global Grand Challenges Collaboration Lab and Summit in London, I was introduced to the interconnectedness of business and engineering, inspiring me to pursue both an MBA and employment as a biomedical engineer following graduation."

-Santiara Churchwell

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"The Grand Challenges Scholars Program gave me the opportunity to discuss and work with my peers on projects that have the power to change the world for the better. I'm glad that I was able to play a part in the first HBCU chapter of the program."

-Shondale Rhodes


Students elect to participate in traditional undergraduate research experiences, capstone projects, or other creative works that provide innovative solutions to global issues. Research experiences are led by COE faculty in Healthcare, Water and Environment, Energy, Security, Education and Discovery, and Urban Infrastructure.

Students explore common solutions to our emerging global society through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Students engage in a broad array of activities and courses designed to promote entrepreneurship and innovation.

Students expand their cultural literacy through the exploration of cultures and their historical influences on behaviors, beliefs and human interactions in a transcultural world.

Students build upon North Carolina A&T’s rich legacy of community engagement, and civil rights activism through activities designed to deepen participants’ understanding of their role in addressing today’s societal issues

Become a Grand Challenges Scholar

  • Participants develop a portfolio of experiences that can be leveraged for future academic or career endeavors.
  • Participants are able to network with other GC Scholars.
  • Financial support is available for travel to present at research symposiums, attend conferences, participate in GCSP competitions, and engage in GCSP-themed study abroad experiences.
  • Graduating seniors receive recognition from the College of Engineering and the National Academies of Engineering.

Full-time engineering or computer science majors who have completed a minimum of 12 hours of coursework are eligible to apply. Applicants must complete an electronic application that includes a one-page essay, and letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor.

Contact Information
Dr. Marcia F. Williams
Director Special Academic Programs
Grand Challenges Scholars Program Director
Phone: 336-285-2651
Email: marcia@ncat.edu