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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 opportunity to share ideas with my peers and with friendly mentors was amazing. The whole process developing a proposal with youth researchers was enjoyable.

Feedback from Fellows

What I appreciated most:
" This global school is an excellent program to encourage students and grow leaders. Previously my institute focused only on growing engineers. But nowadays, student ability is increasing, and we want to grow researchers and leaders. GSAS is a very attractive program."