STEAM Challenge invites interdisciplinary student teams to participate

Wayne State University Provost Keith Whitfield has initiated a STEAM Challenge as part of the I and E ecosystem effort. The STEAM Challenge seeks undergraduate and graduate students to explore new ways that science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – along with the humanities and social sciences – might contribute to one another for the purpose of enhancing the lives of Southeastern Michigan and specifically Detroit residents.

A kickoff orientation for interested students will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, from 1-3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballrooms.

This year’s STEAM Challenge is focused on social justice, equity and opportunity, with sub-themes of sustainability, safe water, urban health, mobility, student success, diversity and inclusion. First prize is $10,000, second prize is $3,000, and third prize is $2,500. Funds are to be used to realize project implementation. All participating teams will receive publicity and networking opportunities.

Teams should consist of three to seven undergraduate and/or graduate students. Each team must include representatives from at least three different disciplines (e.g., business, CFPCA, engineering) to create a proposal that helps solve a problem in Detroit. The deadline to register a team is Saturday, Sept. 30.

To get involved or for more information, including sample project ideas, visit the STEAM Challenge website.

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