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GSAS Sessions address global challenges...

such as Energy, Environment, Health, Communications, and Security. Specific research themes are selected by host institutions based on their strategic goals.

"What great about this [Session} is that we are united in a common purpose. It’s not just one particular country that needs to get off fossil fuels and it’s not just one particular country that needs to make this technology innovation - we all need to make it!" - GSAS Scholar

Sessions last about 10 days and involve Scholars and  Fellows from around the world.


A few months before the Session 

GSAS Scholars are grouped into Global Research Teams and begin plans for an innovative collaborative Global Research Project.

“I started developing the ability of doing research in a larger group than just myself; this will be a very important tool. ”  - GSAS Scholar

At the Session

Scholars attend a "systems-based" lecture series linking policy, technology transfer, and manufacturing considerations with relevant science and engineering concepts.


Teams continue their collaborative project planning with mentoring from GSAS Fellows.

"I was given the freedom to think on a subject that is not my own. I find that I have something to add." - GSAS Scholar

Scholars and Fellows enjoy cultural activities and  visits to local research facilities.

"I’m more willing to seek collaboration from experts from all different backgrounds regardless of culture or nationality." - GSAS Scholar

Nanotechnology Research Center, ITRI

ITRI, Taiwan

At the end of the Session

Teams present their project plans for review by a panel of experts.

"This was the first time I have tried to devise a new research proposal, and the attempt was educational.”  - GSAS Scholar

The most promising projects are selected for implementation at GSAS host institutions.



Feedback from Scholars

What I appreciated most:
The proposal writing and criticism from GSAS fellows has given me added confidence as I seek to apply my talents to the global scientific community. The quality of the participating GSAS fellows was absolutely astounding and to interact closely with them for an extended period is a unique aspect of this program. I appreciate having been given the opportunity to participate in GSAS Graphene 2011.

Feedback from Fellows

What I appreciated most:
To me, the unique aspect of this global school [is that] it really prepares students to interact globally, to come up with new innovative ideas and to be really cooperative in the development of these ideas"