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Graduate UN Sustainable Development Challenge  

For Undergraduate Seniors and Bachelor’s Degree Graduates

Do you think about the problems facing society or about the needs of the world? Do you worry about climate change, poverty, equality and overconsumption? Do you want to make a difference?

The United Nations has set 17 sustainable development goals to help end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy & International Relations is challenging undergraduate seniors and bachelor’s degree graduates to be part of the solution!

Seton Hall University is committed to serving the greater good, which is why we are hosting a Sustainable Development Challenge designed to engage undergraduate seniors and bachelor’s degree graduates in thinking about the needs of society and the planet - encouraging you to be an agent of change and embrace the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Step 1: Submit Your Ideas

Complete the online entry form to share your innovative approach or idea you have for addressing one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. If you prefer to upload your idea, make sure to address each of the 5 questions. This is an opportunity to thoughtfully consider what you want to do to be a part of the solution and help make our world a better place.

Here are some guidelines:

  • You can focus on any of the 17 UN sustainable development goals.
  • You can present an idea aimed at creating awareness or aimed at creating change related to one or more of the sustainable development goals.
  • You can present an idea for a project, campaign or charity that will assist in attaining one or more of the sustainable development goals.
  • You can think locally or globally - focus on your school, local community, your state, the U.S. or any country or region of the world you wish.

Step 2: Share Your Ideas

Five finalists will be selected by early April and invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges at Seton Hall University on Friday April 21, 2017 with a reception to follow. Finalists who cannot come to campus can participate via Skype.

All submitters are welcome to attend the Challenge presentations on April 21 as well as the reception to follow.

Step 3: Win Prizes and Recognition!

Finalist with the best ideas will win cash prizes and a scholarship to attend Seton Hall. The cash prize can assist you in launching your idea or creating awareness about the sustainable development goal or region of the world that is most important to you.

  • 1st Place Winner: $2,500 cash prize. Plus 50% tuition scholarship valued up to $26,500 to attend a graduate program at Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
  • 2nd Place Winner: $1,000 cash prize. Plus 25% tuition scholarship valued up to $13,250 to attend a graduate program at Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
  • All other Finalists will receive a $3,500 scholarship to attend a graduate program at Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Finalists who present in person and their families will also be invited to a congratulatory reception on campus immediately following the event where they will meet with Seton Hall faculty and community members who are experts in the fields of international affairs and sustainable development.

Sustainable Development Chart

Submissions must be received by Sunday, March 12, 2017 at midnight. The Challenge is open to all undergraduate seniors and bachelor’s degree graduates.

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