Tiger Challenge - Application

Thank you for applying to Princeton University Keller Center's Tiger Challenge program. For any questions, please contact us. You can find more information at tigerchallenge.princeton.edu.

This application is for projects beginning in June 2018. If you are interested in projects that have already begun, or for projects beginning in Fall, 2018 or beyond, please contact us

The application for Social Impact Designer in the Tiger Challenge is a Princeton University Fellowship that is full-time from June 11 to August 17, 2018, (with a paid stipend and housing) and part-time during the ensuing academic year (with the option to continue further!).

All years and majors are encouraged to apply. Tiger Challenge is eligible to fulfill the practicum requirement for Service Focus and the Entrepreneurship Certificate. 
Challenges to begin in Summer 2018:

A. Challenge: 
How might we help build a food system that greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions? 

Food waste is the fourth largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. If we had a semi-closed loop food system, however, food waste could serve to remove CO2 from the atmosphere (through Carbon Sequestration) . Two of the barriers to local development of a semi-closed loop food system are: there's too much non-organic waste contamination in compost streams (making carbon sequestration infeasible); and there's too much organic waste thrown thrown into trash (limiting financial viability). For this Tiger Challenge, a team will work with Princeton Municipality to develop innovative ways reduce waste stream contamination and create a blueprint for small and mid-sized towns and cities to create sustainable food systems. 

B. Challenge: How might we help create a holistic and seamless system of care for the homeless? 
In New York City alone, there are over 60,000 people who are homeless, over 20,000 of whom are children. There is a system of organizations (public and non-for-profit) dedicated to providing needed resources and care to this community, while also providing a path to stability. For this Tiger Challenge, a team will investigate the landscape of organizations serving the homeless in the NYC-area and learn from New York City Relief's Follow-up care team about the challenges and rewards that come with expanding an organization’s reach. The team will then work with NYCR to design innovations that help organizations journey alongside individuals struggling with homelessness on the path to wholeness. 

C. Challenge: How might we help close the public/private educational equity gap that persists post-graduation?
Alumni of private schools benefit from membership in their school communities post-graduation (especially from the cultivated network and sense of group) in ways that most public school alumni do not. Each year, the NYC Department of Education, the largest public school system in the United States serving 1.1 million students, graduates over 50,000 of its students. For this Tiger Challenge, a team of Princeton students will interview stakeholders including NYC public school alumni, current students, teachers, and central administrators to identify the resources and supports that NYC public school alumni might need. The team will then work with p.s. alumni to design ways to close the post-graduation public/private equity gap for NYC public school alumni.

D. Challenge: How might we help improve patient-provider communication and health outcomes?
The United States leads the world in healthcare spending, but we have poorer outcomes as compared to 10 other high-income countries. Effective physician-patient communication has been identified as a key factor in improved patient outcomes. Communication barriers in the healthcare system occur at many levels and involve more than just the physician-patient interaction. For this Tiger Challenge, a team will study the communication barriers that occur in an outpatient practice at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group, a major academic health center in New Jersey. The team will design an innovative solution to improve patient-provider communication and, ultimately, health outcomes.

F. Summer Associates: Helping run the Tiger Challenge program over the summer and mentor two of the teams. (Prerequisite: Tiger Challenge or EGR200)

*Don't see one that captures your interest? Consider helping put together a topic for future Tiger Challenge cohorts: https://tigerchallenge.princeton.edu/propose-challenge *

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If you are undecided, please indicate which majors you are considering.

We are assembling multidisciplinary teams with diverse personalities and interests. Placement on a team is not solely based on qualifications but also fit.

Please answer the following questions in a separate document and submit a single PDF below. 
11. Why are you fired up to work on this important challenge? (250 words or fewer)
12. The four mindsets we intentionally cultivate in the Tiger Challenge are: Compassion; Curiosity; Creativity; and the Courage to Act. Which one of these mindsets are you most interested in cultivating during your time in the Tiger Challenge and why? (250 words or fewer)
13a. Creative exercise: First, read the five Tiger Challenge role cards below.
Role Cards
13b. Which role(s) do you feel most comfortable assuming in a team? Which do you feel least comfortable assuming? Create a poem, or a drawing, or a song, or a video, or ... well, anything other than an essay to answer this question. Set a timer and spend 60 minutes or less on your (unpolished) response; and have some fun with this! (If your response cannot be converted into the pdf, please feel free to include a link to your response, or find an alternative way to submit).