Reforming the Electoral College

May 10, 2021 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our team’s goal is to reform the Electoral College to better represent the American people. The current Electoral College system discourages citizens to vote and does not accurately represent citizens’ wants. Reforming the Electoral College Poster


Positive news website: an alleviation of depression

May 10, 2021 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

The negatively biased information from news leads to a negative mood in people such as anxiety and depression, creating even biased perspectives. To alleviate the negative mood and improve the positive psychological health, we decided to create a website that brings positive information to our website users, providing positive information that relieves their negative bias.


Tackling the Santa Ana Homelessness Crisis

May 10, 2021 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our idea is to use our $1.4 billion budget to create low income, transitional housing communities which would act as a bridge between homelessness and independence by providing homeless people with access to shelter, as well as mental health facilities and therapy offices. We would also like to implement resources like job fairs, financial advising,


Welcome to the 2021 Virtual GCI Showcase!

May 10, 2021 by | Student presentations

Welcome to this year’s virtual GCI Showcase! Projects will be online for viewing and judging all week, with live Q&A with student teams on Friday, May 14. Our program kicks off at 1 p.m. with welcoming remarks from Dr. Greg Goldsmith, Director of the Grand Challenges Initiative before attendees are invited to disperse into breakout


Artificial Intelligence and Improved Hardware Architecture

April 26, 2021 by Monroe Roush '21 | Education, Internet, and Technology

The Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) is the backbone of the first and second-year experience in the Schmid College of Science and Technology and the Fowler School of Engineering. Although the past year has brought many challenges, GCI teams are continuing to innovate from home. One sophomore team is finding ways to improve computer hardware design


Study finds hidden conflict in mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia

April 26, 2021 by Monroe Roush '21 | Environment and Sustainability

The mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia, the nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria that make their home in legume root nodules and create nutrient-rich fertilizer for them, is one of the most well-known and agronomically important examples of symbiosis. New research from Dr. Kenjiro Quides, a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in the Grand Challenges Initiative


Tackling the Opioid Crisis

April 26, 2021 by Monroe Roush '21 | Health and Medicine

First and second-year students in the Grand Challenges Initiatives are pushed to develop research-based solutions for real-world problems. The ongoing opioid crisis is a major challenge for medical workers, pharmaceutical companies, and policymakers alike. One GCI team is bringing their diverse experiences together to contribute to solutions for this issue.  Angelina Sorensen (Biochemistry and Molecular


GCI Debuts Virtual Meet-ups with Industry Partners

November 30, 2020 by Monroe Roush | Grand Challenges Initiative

Earlier this month, the first-year Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) students attended virtual networking events with industry professionals to hear about life beyond college and ask career questions. The professionals who participated were from a variety of fields, including environmental conservation, healthcare, and data analysis. First-year students, student facilitators from the Schmid Student Leadership Council, and


Celebrating Another Year of Success!

September 17, 2020 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

The new semester is underway and it sure looks different from this time last year. However, we’ve had the pleasure of (virtually) meeting the students in our first-year foundations grand challenges courses these past few weeks and there is one thing that does not seem to have changed: the students’ motivation for learning about science


Grand Challenges Initiative Team Sponsorship Opportunities

August 31, 2020 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

The Grand Challenges Initiative is Chapman University’s groundbreaking new approach to training the next generation of leaders in science and engineering. The program provides foundational skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork for every undergraduate student entering the Schmid College of Science and Technology and the Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School

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