Clemson COVID Challenge - a partnership with University of South Carolina

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The Clemson COVID Challenge is a summer virtual research and design opportunity for teams of undergraduates to work on problems related to the current COVID-19 situation as well as future possible pandemics. Teams of students will work with mentors to identify problems and come up with proposed ideas and solutions. In mid-June, students submit a pitch video of their ideas and compete for the opportunity to see their projects possibly continue to implementation.

Watch the Clemson COVID Challenge Forum

Please see the tentative timeline and refer to this page frequently for updates and more information.

Important Dates & Events
May 1 : Web Info Session, 2PM, Friday May 1 Video | Slides
May 15 : Registration Deadline
May 21 : 11 AM, Webinar: “You Gotta Problem? Observation and needs finding to identify a problem worth solving”  Video | Slides
May 22 : Project Teams Finalized
May 28 : 11AM Webinar: Dr. Reed Watson, “Planning and Measuring Performance” and Dr. Delphine Dean with an introduction to Intellectual Property issues. Video | Slides
June 2: 11 AM Webinar: Dr. John Hannon, "How to Develop a Pitch"  Video
June 4 : 11AM Webinar: “Tips for Creating a Quality Video Pitch” with Adobe  Video | Guide
June 18 : 11 AM Webinar: “Strategies for Strong Recommendation Letters” by Dr. Melissa Moss, Professor and Interim Chair of Biomedical Engineering, University of South Carolina Join Zoom Session
June 22 : 3 Minute Video Pitch Submission Rubric | Submit Video Pitch
June 29 : Virtual Open House, Keynote Talk, and Awards Ceremony at 1PM (EST) Zoom Session
August 17 : Summer CI Showcase Presentation via Zoom, 11AM- 1PM

Clemson Support: The program is supported by The Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professorship, the CECAS Dean’s Excellence Fund, the Vice President for Research, and the Creative Inquiry & Undergraduate Research Program.

UofSC Support: The program is supported by University of South Carolina Vice President for Research, College of Engineering and Computing, and Office of Undergraduate Research.

Questions regarding this challenge can be sent to Dr. Delphine Dean,
Questions or comments regarding the website or sign up forms can be directed to