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Our dual curriculum consists of:

  1. GSAS Sessions, where GSAS Scholars attend lectures and plan global research projects with mentoring from GSAS Fellows. GSAS Sessions address specific research themes related to critical global challenges such as energy, environment, health, communications, and security.

  2. Team Research Fellowships, whereby teams of GSAS Scholars are hosted by partnering research institutes to implement their collaborative research plans.

Key elements of our approach are:

  • Global Participation

  • A "Systems" View of Research and Development

  • Research Planning and Implementation

  • Global Project Mentoring

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.

 "I learned how to ask questions of people with different backgrounds, both scientific and cultural, and build a broader group." - GSAS Scholar 

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.

Systems Approach

"One of the things that will help my research was to get a very broad perspective from some of the lectures. It’s easy to learn the science ...but harder to have a broad picture before you get started" - GSAS Scholar

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

Group Project Planning

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 group project was very helpful in dealing with different people - a very useful real life exercise." - GSAS Scholar

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.

Winning Team from the Taiwan Session


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.

"At this school, we had smaller groups of students and the information transfer was both back to the fellows from the students, and even more so, among the students themselves." - GSAS Fellow 

Information is shared among junior and senior researchers in an informal, collegial atmosphere.

"Usually at conferences, its very stiff and formal so I thought it was great that you could just throw out ideas ...and get serious consideration about them." - GSAS Scholar


Feedback from Scholars

What I appreciated most:
The GSAS program was an invaluable experience for me. It was the first time I used the brainstorming method in practice. I was impressed by the pace of work. This was exciting. The birth of the project was started from the first minute. I think that possibility of consulting with mentors at each stage of planning is very important.

How will your GSAS experience benefit your future research?:
It is the fact that, in my hometown Thailand, the research related to organic solar cells just starts from scratch. Regardless of lacking some characterization facilities, our knowledge in this field still behinds the first and second world countries, as clearly seen from a number of publications recently. It is my resolution to give a talk to the new scientists in Thailand including setup a OPV research group. This is not only beneficial to Thailand but it can also help our neighbor countries i.e. Vietnam, Lao, Malaysia etc. to boost their research.

How has GSAS helped you develop a global perspective?:
Working with people from various parts of the world has helped me understand what people with very different backgrounds bring to the table and how to use these skills in order to increase the quality of the results.

Feedback from Fellows