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Enter the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge

October 3, 2019

University of Maryland is delighted to announce our participation in the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge. Universitas 21 (U21) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are two globally-focused organizations who have come together to offer exclusive professional development opportunities for U21’s graduate students through the Innovation Challenge. This year, three students will win an expenses-paid 7-day trip to Dubai courtesy of PwC. They will have a chance to explore the city, and to see some of the innovative projects taking place there.

The University of Maryland can submit four nominees. The Graduate school will hold a campus competition on November 13, 2019, at 2:00 pm in the Maryland Room in Marie Mount Hall. We will select four students to advance to the global U21/PwC Innovation Challenge that will take place in February.

The question for the 2019-2020 U21/PwC Innovation Challenge is as follows:

We invite master’s and doctoral students to prepare a three-minute response to this prompt:

How can universities help individuals gain a broader perspective on the long-term impact and consequences of their day-to-day actions on people, society and the environment? What types of jobs will an environmentally-sensitive economy need, and what is the best way to prepare students for them?  

One slide may be used. This three-minute response will be presented live to a panel on November 13th. Recordings cannot be submitted.

Four campus winners will receive professional coaching and the production of their three-minute video for the international competition. 

Register to compete!  Please go to the Graduate School Awards Portal at and select “Fellowship and Award Nominations” to enter registration information.

For more information and resources, please go to Graduate School Website.

All questions can be directed to Robyn Kotzker ( /5-0281.)

Contact Information

The Graduate School
University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742