Upcoming Grand Challenges Events

Class of 2020 Grand Challenge Showcase: April 22, 2020

The seniors graduating this Spring will be presenting their work as a Grand Challenge Scholar over the course of their time at Tulane in their final Showcase on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. More details to come.

Past Grand Challenges Events

Design Thinking Workshop at Sci High

February 19, 2020
Scholars brought a Design-Thinking workshop for high school sophomore students at Sci High, just down the street from Tulane’s campus. Both 2020 and 2021 cohorts worked to develop the framework for this workshop. Arjun, Asha, Diego, Lydia, and Carly were able to attend and assist in moderating the high school students through the design-thinking process to develop a solution to the proposed problem.

Dean Foster of Tulane School of Science and Engineering

February 12, 2020
Dean Kimberly Foster of the School of Science and Engineering met with the scholars and engaged in a range of conversation topics to kick off the spring semester.

Girls in STEM at Tulane (GiST) Workshop – The Human Eye

November 16th, 2019
Scholars developed and led a new workshop exploring different aspects of the human eye, focus, and attention. The workshop originated from Jessica’s psychology research which utilizes eye-tracking software to assess infant attention. Miguel, Liz, Asha, and Marco all assisted with the development and execution of the activities.

Conversation with Dean Bordnick – Virtual Reality in Research

November 11th, 2019
The Scholars were joined by Dean of Social Work Dr. Patrick Bordnick to discuss the past, present, and future of virtual reality applications in research, treatment, and beyond. Scholars and guests even had an opportunity to try out the VR for themselves!

GCSP Entrepreneurial Experience: Sustainability 

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:

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

Find out more information about this opportunity!

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