Upcoming Grand Challenges Events


GCSP Entrepreneurial Experience: Sustainability 

Who: Open to all GCSP students!

When: June 9th to June 28th, 2019

Where: Tempe, AZ

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:

  • Explore applications of sustainability in non-profit, public, government, and private sectors
  • Make industry connections and explore real world applications
  • Make progress towards the Viable Business/Entrepreneurship Competency of GCSP
  • Explore Arizona with field trips, site visits, and tours in the local and regional area
  • Build your resume by gaining marketable skills desired by industry

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

Find out more information about this opportunity!

Any questions? Email



Past Grand Challenges Events

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