Grand Challenge Scholars Curricular Plan
Each applicant must develop a Curricular Plan which addresses the five curricular components. The Curricular Plan must also demonstrate intellectual and thematic connectivity across the five curricular components and a Grand Challenge theme or problem.
*Note that the average of all final attempts of courses used to satisfy GCSP requirements must be a "B" or higher.
1. Research Experience
Participate in an approved team or independent research or design project and course(s)* relating to a Grand Challenge theme or specific Grand Challenge problem.
2. Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Complete either the Living With The Lab Freshman Engineering Curriculum* or integrated science curriculum* and one of the following*:
BISC 470 – Medical Ethics,
BLAW 255 – Legal Environment of Business,
HNRS 110 – Foundations of Sociological Thought,
HNRS 114 – Foundations of Behavioral Thought,
HNRS 212 – Foundations of American Political Thought, or
POLS 350 – International Relations
Either enter a Grand Challenge-related project in the Tech Entrepreneurs Top Dawg Competition; or complete* ENTR 430 - Innovative Product Design or ENTR 460 - Innovative Venture Research.
4. Global Dimension
- Louisiana Tech University Study Abroad Program;
- an approved international study program;
- an internship with a significant global focus;
- a research experience with a significant global focus; or
- GEOG 205 - Cultural Geography or HNRS 114 - Foundations of Behavioral Thought, and
one of the following courses*:
- HIST 406 - Modern Eastern Europe,
- HIST 441 - History of Latin America since 1824,
- HIST 436 - History of the Modern Near East,
- POLS 460 - Politics of Developing Nations,
- POLS 465 - Asian Politics,
- GEOG 470 - Urban Geography,
- POLS 302 - Comparative Foreign Governments,
- POLS 350 - International Relations,
- POLS 355 - American Foreign Policy, or
- SOC 360 - Sociology of Terrorism and Social Movements
Students must submit justification for how their proposed experience will cultivate an enhanced global awareness in their field.
5. Service LearningParticipate one or more years as:
a Supplemental Instruction tutor, or a Bulldog Achievement Resource Center (BARC) Tutor, or a Freshman Engineering Help Desk Worker, or a sustained contribution for one or more years to: Engineers without Borders project, Louisiana Tech Engineering and Science Association (LTESA) service project(s), E&S Magazine Staff, or equivalent approved experience.
Broad Requirements for the Curricular Plan*
- At least one of the five components must be completed at "Level 3."
- Research Component: 150 hours faculty supervised research or REU & poster/presentation/peer-reviewed publication
- Entrepreneurship: top 50% finish in Tech New Venture Championship Competition or ENTR 430/460
- Global Dimension: Study Abroad or 1+ Years with EWB
- Service Learning: 1+ Years on EWB or ESA project, E&S Magazine Staff or equivalent
- At most one of the five components must be completed at "Level 1."
- Research Component: GC theme-related freshman design project
- Entrepreneurship: Enter a GC-related idea into Tech New Venture Idea Pitch or complete one of ENTR 430/460
- Global Dimension: coursework only option