The First Step Grand Challenges Program invites undergraduate students from all disciplines to identify important societal and environmental challenges and develop novel solutions to address the challenges.
Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to attend this year's Poster Presentations & Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the STAR Health Sciences Complex.
General questions about First Step Grand Challenges should be sent by email to Kelly Stevenson. Please specify First Step in the subject line.
October 4, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. | Information Session at STAR Campus Health Sciences Complex
October 14, 2016 | Applications Were Due
October 17, 2016 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Incubator Event at Venture Development Center (VDC) – [EVENT SLIDES]
October 25, 2016 | Selected Teams Notified of $500 Grant Awards
October 2016 – April 2017 | Monthly Meetings with Mentor
November 2, 2016 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Kickoff Workshop Event at Venture Development Center (VDC) – [EVENT SLIDES]
February 15, 2017 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Check-In Event at Venture Development Center (VDC) – [EVENT SLIDES]
March 8, 2017 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | PowerPoint Presentation Pitch/Report Prep at Venture Development Center (VDC) –
March 22, 2017 | By 5:00 p.m. | Written Project Reports and PowerPoints DUE
April 3, 2017 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Poster Presentations & Awards Dinner, Health Science Campus – STAR Atrium
April 25, 2017 | 4:00-9:00 p.m. | Hen Hatch & Innovation Showcase
Students are invited to submit proposals focused on any societal or environmental Grand Challenge (e.g. health disparities, sustainable energy, economic development, education opportunity divide). For inspiration on topic selection, students should consider the following:
- United Nations News Centre
- National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges
- Grand Challenges for Global Health
- University of Delaware Strategic Plan: Grand Challenges, Great Debates, Big Ideas
Examples of projects include but are not limited to proposals for addressing grand challenges through practice, policy, technology, social venturing, business, or research.