The Great Problems Seminar (GPS) is a two-term course that immerses first-year students into university-level research and introduces them to the project-based curriculum at WPI. As part of The Global School at WPI, the course gives students and faculty the opportunity to step outside their disciplines to solve problems focused on themes of global importance. This culminates in annual Poster Presentation Days that celebrate students’ innovative research on a wide range of solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges.
Tackling the World's Problems
These first-year students tackled the issue of divided cities—and their analysis won the Undergraduate Humanities Diversity Award at the Humanities Education and Research Association Conference for the "best undergraduate conference paper that addresses race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality."
Students who participate in the GPS program will make progress in a number of key professional skills. Compare key learning outcomes employers look for with the learning outcomes of the Great Problems Seminar.
Very Important College Outcomes, According to Hiring Managers
1. Oral Communication
2. Working effectively with others
3. Ethical judgment and decision-making
4. Applying knowledge and skills to real-word settings
5. Working independently, managing time
6. Being self-motivated, taking initiative
7. Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
Source: AAC&U/Hart Associates, 2018
Prof Sarah Stanlick
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