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Experiences

The experiences listed below are preapproved to be counted towards the GCSP program requirements. The expectation is that the student’s Gold experience, and most of the experiences overall, will have a substantial connection to the student’s selected Grand Challenge. Other experiences that meet the program learning objectives (linked to from the header for each area) may be proposed by students in the program. The time expectation for Gold experiences is equivalent to 6 credit hours (approximately 10 weeks of full-time activity); for Silver experiences, 3 credit hours (5 full-time weeks); and for Bronze experiences, 1 credit hour (1.5 full-time weeks).

Entrepreneurship

Gold

  • Completion of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor, including an ENTR 300 internship experience that is connected to the student’s GC focus area.
  • Founding or significant contributions to the launch phase of a startup company, new organization, or significant campus initiative.
  • Submission of an invention disclosure related to the student’s GC focus area that builds on their GC-related research and project activity.
  • Participation in multiple entrepreneurship competitions (e.g., the Idea Competition and the Cangialosi Business Innovation Competition).
  • Completion of a significant entrepreneurship-related internship (e.g., at a startup, in conjunction with UMBC’s Entrepreneurs in Residence program at the BWTech incubators, or in an established company’s innovative ventures division).

Silver

  • Completion of a shorter entrepreneurship-related internship in the student’s GC focus area.
  • Completion of a project-based entrepreneurship course (e.g., ENTR 200 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship) or AMST/POLI/SOCY 205 (Civic Agency and Social Entrepreneurship)).
  • Completion of IS 498 (3D Printing for Entrepreneurship) with a client project in the student’s GC focus area.
  • Participation in an entrepreneurship competition such as UMBC ProveIt (an annual competition for student ideas about campus change).

Bronze

  • Attendance at 15 or more hours of entrepreneurship presentations and colloquia, with accompanying reflection on topics and relevance to the student’s GC focus area.
  • Completion of a course with entrepreneurial content (approved as an elective for the ENTR minor) in the student’s discipline or a discipline related to the student’s GC focus area.

 

Global Perspectives

Gold

  • Completion of a Global Studies, MLLI, or other globally focused major or minor.
  • Completion of a semester- or summer-long study abroad experience.
  • Participation on an Engineers Without Borders travel team.
  • Completion of a significant internship with a global focus (e.g., with a global NGO/nonprofit or in an international division of a global company).

Silver

  • Completion of two or more MLLI or other globally focused courses.
  • Completion of a shorter intensive winter, spring, or summer session study abroad experience.
  • Completion of a shorter internship with a global focus.
  • Completion of ENME 489 (Global Engineering) or HAPP 403/SOCY 663 (International Field Research).
  • Completion of a Global Studies core course (GLBL 101 (Introduction to Global Studies) or GLBL 301 (Approaches to Globalization)).
  • Continuous, significant involvement (such as serving as an officer or committee chair) on an Engineers Without Borders project team, without travel.
  • Participation in a Global Brigades project.
  • Year-long participation in an Intercultural Living Exchange Living Learning Community.

Bronze

  • Active involvement with Engineers Without Borders for one year.
  • Completion of an approved Global Studies gateway course or elective with a connection to the student’s GC focus area.
  • Completion of an advanced language or culture course with a relationship to the student’s GC focus area.

 

Interdisciplinarity

Gold

  • Two-course capstone design sequence with a GC-related focus, working on an interdisciplinary team (e.g., ENCH 444/446; CMPE 450/451).
  • Immersive off-campus project experience course during winter or summer session, working in an interdisciplinary team (under development).
  • Global Studies or INDS major related to the student’s GC focus area.
  • Completion of a minor in a related area with a clear alignment to the student’s GC focus area.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence emphasizing the scholarship of interdisciplinarity (e.g., INDS 330/INDS 430).
  • Completion of a significant interdisciplinary internship.

Silver

  • Participation in the freshman Honors Forum course with a Grand Challenges theme focus (requires students to work in interdisciplinary teams to complete an investigation related to one of the Grand Challenges).
  • Completion of a shorter interdisciplinary internship.
  • Completion of a course that emphasizes the scholarship of interdisciplinarity (e.g., INDS 330/INDS 430) with a project related to the student’s GC focus area.
  • Completion of an introductory CS or Engineering course (for Interdisciplinary Grand Challenge Scholars).

Bronze

  • Completion of a course in an area outside the student’s major with a clear alignment to the student’s GC focus area.
  • Completion of a 1-credit INDS seminar on challenges and strategies for interdisciplinary scholarship (under development).
  • Attendance at 15 or more hours of research seminars and colloquia in multiple disciplines, with accompanying reflection on topics and relevance to the student’s GC focus area.

 

Research

Gold

  • Two-course capstone design sequence with a GC-related focus (e.g., ENCH 444/446; CMPE 450/451).
  • Approved multiple-semester GC-related research experience (independent study, research internship, Undergraduate Research Award, departmental honors thesis, or non-credit research).
  • Summer-long research program (REU, fellowship, or industry research internship).

Silver

  • Structured research course (e.g., ENCH 468 or HAPP 403/SOCY 663) on an approved GC-related topic.
  • Three-credit, one-course capstone design with a GC-related focus (e.g., ENME 444).
  • Three-credit independent study research course with an approved GC-related focus.

Bronze

  • One-credit independent study research course with an approved GC-related focus.
  • Significant GC-related research project within the context of a course with an appropriate focus.

 

Service Learning

Gold

  • Participation on an Engineers Without Borders travel team.
  • Significant multi-semester outreach or community service (e.g., through UMBC’s Breaking Ground program, Shriver Center service learning program, alternative spring break, Habitat for Humanity, or Scouting program)
  • Completion of a significant public service-related internship.
  • Participation in the Shriver Center Living Learning Community, including completion of PRAC 096 (Community Service & Learning Practicum).
  • Substantial, sustained volunteer work with an organization related to the student’s Grand Challenge.

Silver

  • Continuous multi-year involvement with Engineering Without Borders (without travel).
  • Significant semester-long outreach or community service (e.g., through UMBC’s BreakingGround program, Shriver Center service learning program, alternative spring break, Habitat for Humanity, or Scouting program).
  • Completion of a project-based service learning course (e.g., AMST/POLI/SOCY 205 (Civic Agency and Social Entrepreneurship)), with a course project connected to the student’s GC focus area
  • Completion of a shorter public service-related internship.
  • Participation in a Global Brigades project.

Bronze

  • Substantial involvement with individual outreach or community service experience.
  • Year-long involvement with on-campus Engineering Without Borders activities.