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.

  • Depression Grand Challenge
  • 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. The STAND Program is available for all registered UCLA students.

    Become a resilience Peer Counselor (RPN)  

    UCLA undergraduate and graduate students may receive training to give counsel to peers as a part of the Resilience Peer Network (RPN)

    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

    Be an Advocate

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


    Please email

  • Sustainable LA Grand Challenge

  • Do Research

    Enroll in the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (SLA GC-URSP). SLA GC-URSP is a year-long course that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct sustainability research under the mentorship of faculty researchers. Undergraduate team research projects will contribute to the SLA GC goal of transitioning Los Angeles County to 100% renewable energy, 100% local water, and enhanced ecosystem health by 2050.

    Be an Advocate

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


    Please email