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COVID-19 Change Challenge

Deadline: As of the April 6, 2020 deadline, students submitted 93 entries that are under review. A committee will seek a full proposal from selected project ideas.

The Division of Research understands that we all want to do our part to help the world meet the demands of COVID-19 related issues.

That's why they are creating a platform for FAU STUDENTS to submit their ideas for an opportunity to earn up to $2,000 to help implement that idea.

The deadline to submit ideas in the COVID-19 Change Challenge was April 6, 2020.

Two Categories:

  • Clinical/Research:

    How can we help physicians, researchers and healthcare workers meet the demands of the COVID19 outbreak? How can they adapt or better respond to this pandemic?

  • Social Science/Education:

    Social distancing has affected all of us. From the lack of visitors in hospitals and nursing homes, to being self-quarantined. How do we help mitigate stressors while staying connected?


  1. Pre-proposal stage
    1. Submit a brief summary of the problem you will address and your solution. Judge's will review based on feasibility, potential for implementation and potential impact.
  2. Those who pass the first stage will be invited to submit full proposals with a more detailed description.


The top two projects in each category will be awarded based on best overall idea, feasibility of execution and positive impact (If needed, support with implementation will be available).

Prizes (top two for each category)

1st: $2,000 per team to start the project

2nd: $1,000 per team to start the project

picture of virus particles and contest winners

Thank you to all the applicants, we truly have an amazing group of students here at FAU. The four grant funded projects are the following:

Clinical/research winners:

Steven Shiba, medical student from Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Sean Paz, postdoctoral student from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Social Science/education winners:

Elena McLaughlin, doctoral student from the College of Education
Team "Keep Moving," featuring Christy LaFlamme from the Harriet Wilkes Honors College, Alexia Betances from the College of Design and Social Inquiry, Michelle Cunningham from the College of Education and Toluleke Famuyiwa from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

We look forward to supporting your efforts!

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