Grand Challenge Scholars at JMU will address the most vexing issues of today with innovative ideas and designs that will help people around the world achieve a higher standard of living and quality of life. Grand Challenge Scholars will have the chance to build innovation and entrepreneurial thinking skills, shifting their habits from simple problem solving to opportunity finding, framing, solving and value creation. A critical aspect of the program is that Grand Challenge engineers understand their role in a global environment and that their work has an important service component. Finally, our GCSP engineers will connect across JMU, with Grand Challenge Scholars at other schools, and with professionals involved in solving the Grand Challenges in research and industry.
GC Scholars are motivated students who care about the social implications of their future work, strive to play a vital role in improving conditions in their communities or on this earth, and are intellectually curious and committed to learning in a variety of contexts. JMU’s scholars will join a growing community across the country.