UCLA Grand Challenges

Student Opportunities

The UCLA Grand Challenges initiative connects faculty, students and supporters from all disciplines to work together, adopting a holistic approach to solve critical issues. We bring passionate participants together to dream big and think grand about what we can achieve when we set our sights on common goals and engage students in problem solving, critical thinking, and design thinking skills, helping to develop the changemakers of the future.

Students are involved in the Grand Challenges as champions for the causes, as members of research or support teams, and through specific courses tied to the Grand Challenges.

Get involved with UCLA Grand Challenges as a student

Volunteer for Research

Please visit the Depression Grand Challenge studies landing page to learn more about ongoing research studies and to find out if you are eligible.

Do Research

The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge actively seeks undergraduate volunteers to assist in conducting ongoing research studies. Gain valuable experience working side-by-side with researchers and clinical professionals while contributing to the DGC’s goal of cutting the global burden of depression in half by 2050. Please visit the Depression Grand Challenge job board to learn about opportunities for assisting with research studies.

Get Treatment

Track your mental health with the Screening and Treatment for Anxiety & Depression (STAND) Program and receive immediate mental health help if needed.

Become a resilience Peer Counselor (RPN)  

Receive training and give counsel to peers as a part of the Resilience Peer Network.

Join the Outreach Peer Network (OPN)

The Depression Grand Challenges' Outreach Peer Network (OPN) strives to increase accessibility and awareness of mental health resources for the campus community through active programs with the Depression Grand Challenge and other collaborative partners. All UCLA students are welcome to join. As a general member, attend monthly OPN meetings to hear about new happenings, participate in events as volunteers, and get more involved as desired. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/UCLAOPN/

Be an Advocate

Spread the word via social media and other channels using #DepressionGrandChallenge and tagging @UCLAThinkGrand. 

Please email depressiongc@ucla.edu

Do Research

Enroll in the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (SLA GC-URSP) and work under the mentorship of a Sustainable LA Grand Challenge UCLA faculty member

Be an Advocate

Spread the word via social media and other channels using #SustainableLA and tagging @UCLAThinkGrand. 

Please email sustainablela@ucla.edu