The National Academy of Engineering has identified fourteen "Grand Challenges" that engineers face in order to make progress toward a sustainable world — one that provides all people with more than just their basic needs and aspires to a higher level of living.

The Grand Challenge Scholars Program at Bucknell seeks to educate motivated students about these Grand Challenges, instill in them a passion for solving these problems, and equip them to pursue the Grand Challenges through their research and work. The program also aspires to provide its scholars with broad and enriching educational experiences that will serve them well throughout their career.

Why Become a Grand Challenge Scholar?

Students who care about the social implications of their future work, who want to play a vital role in improving conditions in their communities or on this earth, who are intellectually curious and committed to learning in a variety of contexts, should apply. The GCSP is a special initiative of the National Academy of Engineering, which is the preeminent engineering organization in the world. GC Scholars receive a certificate from the National Academy of Engineering and a notation on their Bucknell transcript when they complete the program requirements.

Participation in the program engages students in a set of broadening, enriching, worthwhile and valued activities that will make them better students, better citizens, and more valuable employees. As such, GC Scholars are part of a selective group recognized by faculty, classmates, graduate schools and employers for engaging in a transformative set of special education experiences. These special activities will include the five program requirements as well as program-related field trips and opportunities for interaction with visiting VIPs and guest speakers.


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