GCI project still burning bright

April 12, 2024 by Micah Kim | Grand Challenges Initiative

Chapman’s Grand Challenges Initiative program is unique in the fact that students are taught how to utilize the skills they learn in the classroom to tackle real-world problems. Recently, Chapman and GCI Alum Slade Laszewski and former Chapman professor, Dr. Shenyue Jia, published a paper that started as a GCI project. Recently, we were able


Meet Dr. Abad - a PostDoc of GCI

March 13, 2024 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

Meet Dr. Hector Camarillo Abad, one of our GCI PostDocs! Dr. Abad completed his undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, at Universidad de las Américas Puebla. He spent 12 years there completing his education. Dr. Abad is now utilizing all of the knowledge he gained while obtaining his degrees, into his research on


Speaker Dr Kishonna Gray

December 2, 2023 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

On Tuesday, November 28th, GCI welcomed guest speaker Dr. Kishonna Gray for our GCI Speaker Series. Dr. Gray talked about the research she has done regarding how technology impacts our culture and the world around us. Her talk on Tuesday was centered around disparities in the representation of people of color as well as women,


Former GCI Student Solves Another Challenge

November 3, 2023 by | Uncategorized

Brandon Lee is one of the student lab assistants in the GCI Makerspace. He is a Junior studying Computer Engineering and has participated in the Grand Challenges Initiative himself. While the GCI Makerspace has many fantastic tools for students to use for their projects, the 3D printers are used the most often. Since our 3D


4th Annual Outstanding Publication Award

May 23, 2023 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

We are pleased to announce our 4th annual Chapman University Grand Challenges Initiative Outstanding Research Publication Award by a Grand Challenges Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow. The award is supported by alumni of the Grand Challenges Initiative Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellows Program. The selection committee, which included Drs. Jason Keller (chair), Crystal Ng (Former GCI Fellow), & Aaron Harrison


Grand Challenges Initiative Showcase

May 23, 2023 by | Student presentations

Students, faculty, staff and guests from the community came together on May 12th at the Keck Center for Science and Engineering to celebrate projects completed by students participating in the university’s Grand Challenges Initiative. It is the program’s fifth end-of-year showcase. The program recognized six outstanding student projects, including the Arthur Flint Prize awarded to



May 10, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

During the pandemic, we all felt that we needed a way to vent and lots of people developed feelings of depression. So we figured that we would make a website that allowed users to journal in a way that gave them custom prompts based on themes. They can later search for them based on theme



May 10, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

With the growing influence of fast fashion, there is a necessity to develop alternatives that are better for the planet. Slow fashion is a viable alternative that has the potential to decrease water contamination, air pollution, the release of greenhouse gas emissions, and the culture of consumerism, overarchingly bettering the state of the environment. Thrifty


Financial Literacy Through Stonks

May 10, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Financial literacy is an important problem in society, especially in college students. Our team decided to create a stock literacy game application, utilizing python and financial research to build the backbone of the game. View the full poster here

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