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Chancellor Challenge

Innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration for the common good

Meeting the Challenge

The Chancellor Challenge, previously known as the Chancellor-Provost Challenge, invited members of Rutgers–New Brunswick's rich and diverse scholarly community to propose transformational, campus-wide initiatives that help fulfill the goals of the Academic Master Plan and foster innovative research that benefits the public good.

Through a competitive review process that evaluated 25 entries, the following four proposals were identified as being best positioned to catalyze exploration, collaboration, concept-testing, and risk-taking; to represent the efforts of cross-disciplinary teams from multiple Rutgers–New Brunswick units; and to focus the power of our research on grand challenges of science and society.

Selected Submissions

The next phase of the Challenge will involve clarification and development of these proposals and, ultimately, the awarding of grants as part of the Chancellor Office’s plan to invest $15 million over five years to build interdisciplinary scholarship and scholarly communities to serve the common good.

Further updates will be provided when these details are finalized. Implementation of each project is expected to begin July 1, 2023.

Cyberinfrastructure for AI for Science & Engineering (CASE)

Led by Shantenu Jha, Professor of Computer Engineering, School of Engineering; and Alyson Brooks, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences

Notice Nature: An Art-Science Collaboration in Support of Student Wellness

Led by Rebecca Cypess, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts; and Mary Nucci, Assistant Dean for Campus Engagement and Assistant Research Professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Planning for a Future Full-Feature Net-Zero Wind Energy Test (WET) Center

Led by Onur Bilgen, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering; and Josh Kohut, co-founder of the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership and Professor of Marine Science, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Transforming Climate Change Scholarship at Rutgers–New Brunswick

Led by Julie Lockwood, Interim Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; and Robin Leichenko, Associate Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences