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Our dual curriculum consists of:
Key elements of our approach are:
GSAS participants come from developed and developing regions of the world.
Diverse global perspectives are needed to solve global challenges. GSAS Sessions include GSAS Scholars and GSAS Fellows from different regions of the world who contribute different strengths in scientific inquiry, engineering and design, technology transfer, and manufacturing.
A "Systems" View of Research and Development
To lead effective global initiatives, future science and engineering leaders will need a broader understanding of R&D that integrates advanced science and engineering skills with policy, technology transfer, manufacturing, and workforce development.
GSAS Scholars learn to consider the broader implications of their research, communicate their work to diverse stakeholders, and plan projects that cut across sectors and take advantage of international and regional strengths.
Research Planning and Implementation
GSAS Scholars are assigned to Global Research Teams, which design collaborative projects that leverage their complementary expertise and capabilities.
GSAS Teams are well-balanced with respect to research capabilities, discipline, gender,and national origin. Team formation is based on complementary expertise and research interests. In keeping with the GSAS mission of advancing major innovation in critical areas, GSAS organizers create novel teams of researchers who might not otherwise work together. This fresh approach to global team building produces exciting new projects and provides valuable collaboration experience for GSAS Scholars.
The most promising projects are selected for implementation. The winning team from each Session is awarded a Team Research Fellowship and hired as a team to carry out their project at a participating research institution.
Global Project Mentoring
GSAS Fellows provide a wealth of cross-cutting expertise in basic research, policy and manufacturing. Before the Session, they suggest background readings and are available online to guide the selection of research topics. At the Session, they offer guidance and feedback on project feasibility.
Information is shared among junior and senior researchers in an informal, collegial atmosphere.
What I appreciated most:
was the rare opportunity to interact at such an intense level with other graduate students and postdocs from different groups around the world, and the fellows. This concerns both the project work, and the social events. I also appreciated the opportunity to learn about Minatec, and to attend talks by such famous researchers as Iijima and Kroto.
How has GSAS helped you develop a global perspective?:
Working with people from different countries is one. Everyone has their own concern and expertise. With the same goal, we have to communicate and try to figure out a best solution for everyone. That is really great. Also, I saw and learned the viewpoints of GIANT faculties. Since it is a big global institute, I could learned to see things differently.
What I appreciated most:
"What I appreciated here most was this very intense atmosphere which you normally do not have at a workshop. There was this intense atmosphere between the ones giving the lectures but also then between the young researchers on the teams. In the end, I was astonished by the really high quality of scientific background they achieved in such a short time."