Student Opportunities

Get involved

The classroom is just the beginning. Nearly all of our students—practically 99 percent—participate in some form of experiential learning during their time at Case Western Reserve. From joining any of our 25 dynamic student organizations to making discoveries in research jobs both on and off campus to studying abroad, opportunities abound for you to connect with your classmates, mentors and friends on campus and around the world.


Student Groups

Global Health Design Collaboration (GHDC)

CWRU students and faculty demonstrating a device in Uganda
The Global Health Design Collaboration (GHDC) is a multi-level interdisciplinary organization that aims to integrate social science and engineering disciplines in the development of relevant, sustainable solutions to health concerns in Uganda. Specifically, GHDC seeks to utilize the theoretical perspectives and methodologies of sociocultural anthropology to identify local health concerns within an emic model, and then apply these factors as inputs to an engineering design process to produce culturally appropriate and sustainable solutions.
Contact: Bill Ding ,

Macromolecular Student Organization

macromolecular science and engineering student working in lab
The Macromolecular Student Organization (MSO) serves as a representative student body for graduate students in the department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Their goals are to facilitate communication between professors, staff and students, organize various professional development opportunities, and to advocate for grad students' interests. They aim to foster a supportive community for all graduate students to study hard, have fun, and feel at home in our department.
Contact: Dana Klein,
Faculty Advisor: Gary Wnek

Explore all our student organizations.


Start making discoveries: either working side-by-side with our field-leading faculty or on your own independent projects. Create a synthetic super-sponge that can soak up oil spills or use natural materials like spider webs to inspire the unbreakable fibers of the future. Invent the next generation of non-toxic, flame-resistant coatings or help make packaging smarter and more sustainable.

Meet our faculty and learn more about the exciting projects you can be a part of.

Rise to the challenge

Keep your eye on the prize and enter your great ideas into a design competition. Case Western Reserve hosts two internal contests each year: the Saint-Gobain Design Competition and the Spartan Challenge. The Great Lakes Energy Institute also supports students interested in entering the Clean Energy Challenge.

And, via CWRU LaunchNET, the university helps students participate in local, regional and national competitions and events.

Find your next design competition >>