Washington, DC
July 18 – 20, 2017

GGCS Student Poster Competition

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit includes an opportunity for students to present research posters. Graduate and undergraduate students were invited to submit abstracts of their research for consideration. Selected abstracts were chosen for the poster presentation, which will take place during an extended lunchtime session (11:55am to 1:35pm) at the Summit on July 19th, 2017. A panel of judges will select five to ten posters as best in class and the winning poster authors will receive a monetary prize.

Student Accommodations

Students who applied for accommodations prior to the deadline will be notified by the end of April about their housing details.  Students registering after March 31 may book hotel rooms at the group rate by clicking here.

If you are traveling with a student group from the United Kingdom or China, please check with your group coordinator about your accommodations.


Student Day

An important part of the GGCS is the Student Day preceding the Summit.

Starting with the 2015 Beijing Summit, an important part of the GGCS is the Student Day, held on the day preceding the Summit, and consisting of a business model competition among undergraduate student teams from the three participating countries.  Fifteen engineering student teams from five universities from each of the three countries (US, UK and China) will present proposals addressing one of the Grand Challenges to a panel of five judges in a day-long event; for the 2017 GGCS the Student Day will be held on July 18, 2017.  Every team will receive a certificate of participation; winning teams will receive monetary prizes and will be highlighted in a special session of the GGCS on July 20, 2017.  GGCS attendees are invited to watch the competition, to be held at the National Academy of Sciences building. This is an optional event for GGCS attendees, in that food service will not be provided.

Competition Details

The selection of the five student team finalists from each of the three countries is left to the discretion of the corresponding three academies.  The US National Academy of Engineering issued a nation-wide call for proposals in the fall of 2016 and hosted a playoff in March 2017 to determine the five US finalists.  Eleven US university teams participated in an education program hosted by Innovation Node - Los Angeles, one of the eight national Nodes of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (“I-Corps”) Program.  On March 16, 2017, these teams presented to Leo Brooks (Boeing), Jenna Carpenter (Campbell University), Dona Dickinson (Northrop Grumman), Barbara Kornylo (Shell), and Syd Ulvick (Lockheed Martin).  The five US finalist teams advancing to the final phase come from North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of California San Diego, University of Denver, and University of Southern California. For further details, please see http://engineeringchallenges.org/14373/17251/23987.aspx. The names of the participating teams from the UK and from China will be announced in April.  The fifteen finalist teams will be further coached by Innovation Node– Los Angeles in preparation for the final competition on July 18, 2017.

GGCS_2015 Student Winners
GGCS_Student Day Group
GGCS_Student Day

Grand Challenge Scholars

The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a combined curricular and extra-curricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century.

Due to overwhelming response, registration for the Global Grand Challenges Summit has reached capacity and is now closed.

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