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Grand Challenges Scholars

A four-year program that applies your education to the world's biggest problems.
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Take on the Challenge!

Rose-Hulman has joined the National Academy of Engineering in focusing on 14 urgent challenges facing the world in the 21st century. As a Grand Challenges Scholar, you'll focus your education on one of these challenges and make a tangible impact before you graduate.

You commit to being a Grand Challenges Scholar starting your first year—giving you direction for your college career as you plan your electives, choose a minor, take on internships and plan for study-abroad opportunities.

The National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for the 21st Century

Choose your mission:
  • Make solar power economical
  • Provide energy from fusion
  • Develop carbon sequestration methods
  • Manage the nitrogen cycle
  • Provide access to clean water
  • Engineer better medicines
  • Advance health informatics
  • Reverse engineer the brain
  • Prevent nuclear terror
  • Secure Cyberspace
  • Enhance virtual reality
  • Advance personalized learning
  • Engineer tools for scientific discovery
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Gain a Global Perspective

In today's world, being an engineer or scientist with a global perspective is more important than ever.

By focusing on one of the NAE's Grand Challenges, you'll give your education a higher purpose, join a worldwide community of like-minded scholars, and earn recognition from the NAE when you graduate.


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Give Your Degree a Global Focus

Grand Challenges Scholars focus on:

  • Sustainable energy
  • Clean Water
  • Cybersecurity
  • Better health care
  • Enhanced virtual reality
  • Improved urban infrastructure
Rebecca Bircich

Dr. Rebecca Bercich

Mechanical engineering professor Rebecca Berchich is the director of Rose-Hulman's Grand Challenge Scholars program. She leads a team of outstanding faculty and staff committed to doing their part to tackle the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for the 21st century.

Our Grand Challenges team includes faculty from several different academic departments—a reflection of the interdisciplinary nature of the challenges facing our world.

Interested? Get in Touch!

If aiming your college education directly at one of the Grand Challenges facing humankind in the 21st-century appeals to you, get in touch.

We'd love to hear from you.

Grand Challenges Scholars Program
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, Indiana 47803
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