Global Challenge Research Award

The UROP Global Challenge Research Award is an annual competition where students conduct faculty-mentored research that addresses an issue of global importance. As of summer 2024, the award will no longer be offered.

2023 Awardees

In 2023, the Global Challenge Research Award, with the topic of Public Health, was awarded to three students: Tori Keefauver, Camille Ofulue, Kledion Naksi

Tori Keefauver is a Neuroscience major, conducting research with Professor Kyle Gobrogge (CAS Neuroscience) on a project titled “Using prairie voles to model the effects of social deprivation on microglia.”

Kledion Naksi is a Health Science major, conducting research with Professor Lindsey Locks (SAR Health Sciences) on a project titled “Creating an Inaugural Nutritional Data Summary of 24 Hour Dietary Recalls from the TB-LION Study.”

Camille Ofulue is a Sociology major, conducting research with Professor Celeste Currington (CAS Sociology) on a project titled “The Effects of the 2020 Lockdown on Black Mental Health Providers.”

2022 Awardees

In 2022, the Global Challenge Research Award, with the topic of social justice, was awarded to one student: Roni Deckard.

Roni Deckard is a Sociology major, conducting research with Professor Heba Gowayed (CAS Sociology) on a project titled “Venezuelan immigrants and the F-1 visa.”

2021 Awardees

In 2021, the Global Challenge Research Award was awarded to three students: Erin Duffy, Rachel Martin, and Zach Silfen.

Erin Duffy is a psychology major, conducting research with Dr. Nicholas Wanger (CAS Psychological and Brain Sciences) on a project titled “How does the type and amount of parental social support buffer against stress from COVID to promote parent and child mental health?”

Rachel Martin is a health science major, conducting research with Dr. Jonathan Jay (SPH Community Health Science) on a project titled “Gun Violence 20/20.”

Zach Silfen is a biomedical engineering major, conducting research with Dr. Diane Joseph-McCarthy (ENG Biomedical Engineering) on a project titled “In Silico Prototyping for Intranasally-Administered Agents for COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Pathogens.”

2020 Awardees

In 2020, the Global Challenge Research Award was awarded to two students: Cecelia Gerstenbacher and Aidan Wright.

Cecelia Gerstenbacher is a biology major, conducting research with Dr. Alyssa Novak (CAS Earth & Environment) on a project titled, “Microplastic Density and Distribution on Associated Seagrass Species Zostera marina Throughout Sites of Varying Coastline Development along Massachusetts Intertidal Zones.”

Aidan Wright is an English major, conducting research with Dr. Craciun Adriana (CAS English) on a project titled, “Ice in the Anthropocene, Then And Now.”