Detecting Microplastics in the Environment with Fluorescence Spectroscopy

May 9, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our grand challenge is to solve the problem of microplastic pollution in the ocean. We sought to find an efficient method to identify microplastics in natural seawater samples as current sampling methods are costly and time-consuming. Fluorescence spectroscopy was explored and showed promising results as a quick way to differentiate between and identify specific plastic


Police Duty: A Drunk Driving Detection Simulation

May 8, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our project aims to reduce the number of fatal car accidents caused by drunk driving. To do this, we created a simulation that detects whether a person is driving safely or unsafely based on changes in vehicle-based driving measures. We found that this simulation could be implemented into a car’s CAN bus system in the


2019 GCI Showcase Highlights

May 7, 2020 by | Student presentations

This team began their project in their Freshmen Foundations Course of the Grand Challenges Initiative in Fall 2017. At the time, the team was made up of students majoring in biological sciences and biochemistry who had never written a line of code. By the end of their experience, they had learned how to create a


2019 GCI Showcase Highlights

May 4, 2020 by | Student presentations

As our students put the final touches on this year’s posters, let’s take a look back at the work done by last year’s cohort. First up, a team who took on the grand challenge of providing clean water to the world. Take a look at their poster below! CleanWaterPoster.pdf

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