NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program

About the Program

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a combined curricular and extra-curricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century. Students will work with a mentor on research related to a NAE Grand Challenge, engage in an interdisciplinary curriculum, entrepreneurship, global perspective, and service learning. Upon completing the program the student will receive a certificate of completion signed by both the NAE and the responsible Drexel University official.

Admission Requirements

Students have the opportunity to join the program anytime in the third quarter of their freshman year but not later than the end of their third year. Candidates must have a GPA of at least 3.25. The application includes an essay on why the student wishes to be a part of the program and vision statement for completion of the program requirements including the research and civic engagement requirements. Students will complete a proposed plan of study that satisfies the requirements of the GCSP and must identify a mentor who they will work with in meeting the GCSP objectives. 

For more information and program contacts, please review the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program webpage.

Program Requirements

Project or research activity
Each Scholar will engage in some research that can be identified with one of the very broadly identified NAE Grand Challenges with a research mentor. The mentorship and research issues will be discussed at the student selection interviews.

Civic Engagement activity

Each student will complete service with one community organization. The Scholar will be required to submit a written report on their activity and accomplishments.

Please note: In each of the coursework areas below, a student has the option of choosing an alternate course, provided it is approved by the program director and satisfies NAE requirements.

Program Requirements
Entrepreneurship and Innovation experience. Select two courses from the following:6.0-8.0
Leading Start-Ups
Launch It!: Early Stage
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Business Plan for Entrepreneurs
Global and cross-cultural perspectives. Select one course from the following:2.0-3.0
Global Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Global Engineering
International Business. Select one course from the following:4.0
International Business
Criminal Law
Political Science/History. Select one course from the following:4.0
Comparative Politics I
Ethics and International Relations
The European Union in World Politics
Culture and Communications. Select one course from the following:3.0
International Communication
Culture and Values
Women and Society in a Global Context
Total Credits19.0-22.0


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