Student Stories

Bringing UTI Conversations to Boynton: An Antibiotic Stewardship

UTI Education Group
[December 2018] Reem Elbasher, Rachel Grushan, Chetana Guthikonda, and Victoria Skolnick are working to prevent antibiotic resistance by increasing awareness about UTIs and how to treat them. Their first stop: Boynton Health.

Downsizing Classrooms: The Future of Early Childhood Education

Michael Dahl Hallway
[January 2019] Michael Dahl shares his experience in GCC 3018 "What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide," his research into how classroom size impacts students, and the steps people are already taking to improve the future of childhood education.

EduCOWtion: Decreasing malnutrition and increasing school attendance through live cattle

abby knoble & maria soroka
[September 2018] Grand Challenge Curriculum interviewed Maria Soroka and Abby Knoble about Educowtion, their experiences piloting the program in Uganda, and the future of bringing live cattle into schools.

Fast Fashion: The Negative Impacts on Society and the Environment

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[May 2019] Fast fashion is the second-most polluting industry in the world after oil drilling. Gillian Innes, Cristina Toapanta, and Sabrina Southwick are working to bring transparency to fashion supply chains and spread awareness to consumers about their impact on the environment.

GCC 3001/5001 Artwork at Classroom to Community Workshop

GCC 30015001 Artwork
Students enrolled in GCC 3001/5001 had the opportunity to create artwork relating to their course topic: "Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?" The interviews below are a small selection of projects featured at the Fall 2017 Classroom to Community Workshop.

Powering the University of Minnesota with 100% Renewable Energy

Andrea Veloira
[May 2019] Andrea Veloira and her teammates from GCC 3031/5031 are setting an example for Minnesota lawmakers by working toward 100% carbon-neutrality on University Of Minnesota campuses. 

Providing Prenatal Care and Nursery Programs to Incarcerated Mothers

Claire Anderson Widescreen
[February 2019] Claire Anderson and Maeve Sheridan from GCC 3018 work to raise awareness of the benefits of implementing nursery programs in prisons.

Representation and Resources for Science Fair Students

Amanda Polanski
[February 2019] Amanda Polanski shares her journey of helping three middle schoolers gear up for the science fair! Learn more about her experience in GCC 3026 as she addresses the lack of support and diversity in STEM.

Student Spotlight: Felicia Wolf

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Felicia Wolf explains how GCC 3003/5003 reaffirmed her belief that undergraduate students can make a difference.

Student Spotlight: Isabella Armour

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We sat down with Isabella Armour and learned what it's like to work with students from different majors.

Student Spotlight: Jesse Abelson

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We interviewed Jesse Abelson about his experience in GCC 3003/5003 and how he found inspiration in the classroom.

Student Spotlight: Nina Domingo

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Nina Domingo describes how Grand Challenge Curriculum changed her perspective on sustainability, and what we as humans can do to change the world.

Student Spotlight: Rebecca Leighton

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Public Health student Rebecca Leighton shares her experience in GCC 3001/5001: "Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?" and discusses the power of collaboration in this exlusive interview.

Vetiver Solutions: A company striving to decrease malnutrition and poverty in Haiti using one little plant

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Grand Challenge Curriculum sat down with Becca Desens, Elizabeth Alonzi, Dalton Schutte, and Jesse Abelson for an interview in November 2017, where they shared their journey developing Vetiver Solutions and their recent experience attending the Clinton Global Initiative University conference. (Leeore Levinstein, the fifth member of Vetiver Solutions, was regretably unable to join the interview.)