Grand Challenges Student Competition 2018-2019

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NYU Silver School of Social Work is excited to announce NYUSilverUp4TheChallenge, a student competition grounded in the principles of the Grand Challenges for Social Work. The 12 Grand Challenges are focused on improving the well-being of individuals and families and are designed to strengthen the social fabric, in order to create a more just society. With our education, training, and commitment to the ethics, values and principles established by the profession, social workers are on the front-lines of this dynamic social agenda. By participating in the NYU Silver Up4TheChallenge student competition, you have the opportunity to explore the Grand Challenges and their connection to social work values, while exercising creative and effective means for dealing with social problems.

Those interested can submit concepts, either individually or in groups of up to 4 NYU students, starting on October 5, 2018. With an emphasis on innovation, collaboration, and evidence, these concepts can be in the form of a research project, a policy analysis, a community development project, or a unique presentation that shows the connection between one of the 12 Grand Challenges and social work values, ethics, and/or competencies. Five concepts will be chosen to be presented to a group of esteemed faculty, staff, and community leaders for the chance to be awarded the Grand Challenges Scholar designation. All participants will receive a monetary award for their engagement with the 12 Grand Challenges and commitment to social work practice and values.

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Information Sessions

You are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions for more competition details and to brainstorm ideas!

  • Info Session #1: October 10, 2018 (1-2 pm, WSN 112) RSVP Here!
  • Info Session #2: October 15, 2018 (8-9 pm, virutal session) RSVP Here!
  • Info Session #3: October 18, 2018 (1-2 pm, WSN 112) RSVP Here!


Concept Submission begins on October 5, 2018

Concepts submitted by October 26, 2018 will have the opportunity to receive additional guidance and review

All concept submissions due on November 26, 2018.

The presentation style competition will take place in March 2019.