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Service Learning

GCSP students are required to add a service element to their studies. This helps to familiarize students with different groups of people, exposing them to new perspectives. The service learning component must relate to at least one of the fourteen Grand Challenges. This does not necessarily have to mirror the student's chosen Grand Challenge. There are multiple service learning opportunities at Ohio State.

In-depth immersion would be accomplished by completing any one of the following:

  • Two or more years of significant involvement in service oriented groups such as:
    • Engineers for a Sustainable World
    • Engineers Without Borders
    • Engineers for Community Service
    • Solar Education and Outreach
    • other service oriented organizations - documentation is needed for approval
  • Service oriented study-abroad trip or project (three weeks or longer)
  • Completion of a two-semester University service learning trip and pre-travel course
  • Completion of a two-semester service learning-based Capstone Design Project

Medium-depth immersion can be accomplished by one of the following options:

  • Two or more service trips through Buck-I-SERV - a program that offers service trips in place of university breaks - or some other University organization
  • Involvement for one semester in a K-12 youth outreach program for the benefit of Columbus area schools, through organizations such as College Mentors, ASEE, and other outlets
  • Completion of a one-semester University service learning trip and pre-travel course

Minimum-level immersion can be accomplished by any one of the following:

  • One service trip through Buck-I-SERV
  • At least 30 hours of volunteer community service


Additional activities may be approved by the GCSP Steering Committee.


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