GCSP Class of 2019 Showcase

April 4, 2019

The 2019 graduating GCSP cohort presented their Final Showcase presentations in Richardson Memorial building on Tulane’s campus on April 4, 2019. The scholars presented their experiences throughout their years at Tulane. They each illustrated how these experiences allowed them to complete the five GCSP competencies and further culminated to tackling one (or more) Grand Challenge(s)

GCSP Class of 2019 Showcase Ceremony Program


GCSP Class of 2020 Showcase

April 17, 2020

The GCSP Class of 2020 presented their final showcase videos to a ‘Zoom Room’ audience of over fifty Tulane faculty, staff, School of Science and engineering board members, family members, and supporters. Due to COVID-19, this year’s showcase was presented a little differently, as a virtual showcase. The scholars showed pre-recorded presentations of their achievements and work during their time at Tulane, displaying how they incorporated those experiences to complete the five GCSP competencies and tackled one (or more) specific NAE Grand Challenge(s). We opened the floor for questions after each scholar’s presentation, and we also had a brief Q&A panel at then end for the scholars to elaborate on some of their experiences and future plans. Thank you to everyone who attended the showcase! We are so proud of what the Class of 2020 scholars have accomplished so far, and we look forward to their bright futures.

The entire showcase was recorded and is posted below for your viewing.

GCSP Class of 2020 Showcase Screenshots
GCSP Class of 2020 Showcase Video Recording
GCSP Class of 2020 Showcase Ceremony Program

Scholar Nomination Form

  • **Note: Only rising third year students (class of 2022) should be nominated for the GCSP at this time.**
  • This could be through research, coursework, projects, or in conversation with the student.

A Conversation with Dean Foster of the School of Science and Engineering

February 12, 2020

Dean Kimberly Foster of the School of Science and Engineering met with the Scholars in both 2020 and 2021 cohorts to kick off the Spring semester for our Grand Challenge Scholars. She engaged the students in conversation on topics ranging from cycling to the heart, and white coat syndrome. She is always leaving the scholars ready to take on new challenges and inspired to develop their workshops for spring outreach events!

Design Thinking Workshop at Sci High

February 19, 2020

Scholars led a Design-Thinking workshop for high school sophomore students at Sci High, just down the street from Tulane’s campus. Arjun, Asha, Diego, Lydia, and Carly presented the students with a “patient” suffering from a rare, genetic disorder and a host of symptoms alongside this disease. They then divided the students into small groups and used the design thinking process to address day-to-day issues the patient experiences. The students were then asked to design a prototype device to solve a specific problem for the patient. The workshop ended with student group presentations displaying their products and the process of developing their ideas. While five scholars attended the workshop, students from both the 2020 and 2021 cohorts worked together to develop the ideas for this workshop.

2019 Scholar Showcase

(Above: Annie Thai, Emilee Saxon, Afsheen Sajjadi, Siyang Hu, Clara Ives, Shees Ahmed)

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholars!

The “Guinea Pig” Cohort of Scholars presented their personal journeys to their colleagues, mentors, and successors on April 4th, 2019. These presentations were the culmination of 2 years of hard work to understand and address the Grand Challenge of their choosing. We can’t wait to see the incredible things our Scholars do next! Check out photos from the showcase below.

Scholars and faculty at the pre-Showcase reception.


Afsheen Sajjadi


Annie Thai


Clara Ives


Emilee Saxon


Shees Ahmed



Class of 2021 Scholars

Class of 2021 Scholars

Welcome to our new cohort of Scholars!

Miguel Brache
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Jessica Davis
Major(s): Psychology

Lydia Trautmann
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Liz Bryan
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Carly Harad
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Katie Cartiglia
Major(s): Physics and Political Economy

Class of 2020 Scholars

Diego Gatica
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Arjun Sree Manoj
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
& Computer Science

Marco Mirnics
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Asha Prakash
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Minor(s): Mathematics

Jackson Levine
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering & Neuroscience
Minor(s): Music

Mostafa Meselhe
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Tia Monjure
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

View more GCSP Class of 2020 Cohort Experience



Class of 2019 Scholars

Shees Ahmed
Major(s): Cell and Molecular Biology &
Computer Science


Clara Ives
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Minor(s): Studio Art & Mathematics


Emilee Saxon
Major(s): Neuroscience
Minor(s): Psychology

Siyang Hu
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering &
Computer Science


Afsheen Sajjadi
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering


Annie Thai
Major(s): Sociology
Minor(s): Pyschology &
Cell and Molecular Biology

View More GCSP Class of 2019 Cohort Experience

How to Change the World

More than 150 students took part in this activity in which students had opportunities to interact with each other and ultimately create a broadly accessible podcast inspired by what they heard at the Summit and focused on how to engineer a better world, with an eye toward the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Bethany Gordon, an engineering student at the University of Virginia, won the competition with a podcast that explained how virtual reality can be used to promote better understanding, collaboration, sustainability and engineering solutions even in places that aren’t easily accessible. The runners-up were Yun Gu (Peking University) and Katie Brown (Auburn University) for a podcast that looks at the barriers to women entering the engineering profession. Those three students will have their expenses paid to attend the 2019 GGCS in London courtesy of the Royal Academy of Engineering. You can listen to the winning podcasts, and those of the other finalists, here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/professional-education/ggcs-how-to-change-the-world.