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The challenge invited graduate students from across the nation to submit innovative ideas to prepare them for tomorrow's opportunities and challenges. Entrants were encouraged to submit ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas could be oriented to students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Participation in the challenge was limited to currently-enrolled STEM graduate students. They were invited to submit by April 15, 2013, a 1,000- to 1,500-word response to this challenge.

The challenge was launched at a time when graduate education in STEM could be considered to be at a crossroads. Several reports have recently raised concerns about graduate education in STEM and the need to better prepare students for a range of career options in an increasingly global and competitive world. The challenge specifically asked for students to voice their ideas in the broader discussion of graduate education.

The challenge, developed and administered by NSF's Division of Graduate Education, offered cash prizes to first-, second- and third-place winners, selected by a panel of judges of current and recent STEM graduate students as well as experts in higher education in two rounds of judging. In addition, the public at large was invited to vote for their favorite submission from among 53 finalists to select the Community Choice winner, who also won a cash prize.

More than 500 teams submitted entries to the challenge, representing more than 700 STEM graduate students, 155 universities/institutions and 47 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

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Carrington College

Carrington College can help you get started in a health care career. Our focus is to help change your life for the better through education. That’s more than our purpose; it’s our promise to you. At Carrington, you can receive a quality college...

Online

Carroll University

From 1846 forward, at Carroll University, we’ve prepared our students to live a life of purpose and meaning through learning opportunities and experiences in a diverse and global society.

Arizona

Colorado Christian University

At Colorado Christian University we believe that you deserve a chance to advance your career and pursue your dreams. CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies makes it easy with online classes and flexible schedules. Any busy adult can earn a...

Online

Colorado Technical University

Since 1965 Colorado Technical University has been proud to educate career focused students to advance their education and help achieve their goals. CTU’s commitment to provide innovative, real-world learning to students within Colorado, the military...

Online

Davenport University

Whatever led you here, Davenport is waiting to equip you with the real-world knowledge and experience you will need to succeed in your chosen career. We offer many programs in the three sectors driving the future economy -- business, technology and...

Michigan, Online

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