Tiger Challenge recently announced four new projects to begin October 28, 2018. Students in the upcoming cohort will tackle challenges in adolescent mental and physical health, supplier equity, predatory debt collection, and the opioid crisis.
"We are delighted to partner with Princeton University and a determined team of students who will challenge the status quo and help find innovative solutions to the opioid crisis," said Dr. Anita Gupta, Professor at Rowan School of Medicine. "The opportunity to use technology to enhance patient care is at the forefront of medical care for patients around the world, and this Tiger Challenge will help address a crisis for patients and a community that is in dire need of help."
In addition to the project on alternatives to opioids, a second team will help protect individuals from abusive debt collection practices, an under-regulated industry that exploits millions of at-risk Americans every year. The team will work with the Dignity and Debt Network (a partnership with the Social Science Research Council) and DaisyDebt.org to develop innovative ways to help empower financial counselors, financial coaches, and individuals to guard against predatory debt collection practices.
A third team will help Princeton University achieve equity in its engagement with outside vendors. Suppliers of goods and services to the University are an often overlooked constituency. Last year, Princeton engaged over 5,000 firms and spent about $420 million with them. At present, less than 1% of those suppliers are minority-owned businesses, with whom Princeton spent slightly over $1.4 million. About 2%, are women-owned businesses, with whom Princeton spent almost $8.9 million. For this tiger challenge, a team will work with on-campus partners to understand the challenges and opportunities of diversity in procurement, and ultimately design new processes and campus implementation plans to achieve equity in this under-examined dimension.
A fourth team will research the landscape of adolescent mental and physical health resources in the Municipality of Princeton and design ways to help create a cooperative, effective network of providers that meet the wellbeing needs of every young adult in Princeton. "While Princeton has a lot of schools, agencies, and practitioners who are devoted to supporting the youth in our community," said Brett Bonfield, Executive Director of Princeton Public Library, "we are too often confronted with evidence of individual and overall outcomes that reveal our failures, sometimes tragically. We believe the Tiger Challenge team is the ideal partner, with the talent and motivation to document what is already taking place and propose more effective ways to develop structures and focus our activities on practices that have been shown to benefit young people. Everyone involved in this project is aware that the stakes are not just about mitigating suffering and harm; in too many cases they are also life and death."
The four projects will begin with a full-week immersive dive into the topics during Fall Break, Sunday Oct 28 to Friday, November 2. They will continue these fellowships for two academic years, devoting approximately four-to-six hours per week on these important challenges. Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Graduate Students, across all majors and departments, are encouraged to apply.
Applications are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 23. Tiger Challenge staff and students will be answering questions about the program and these projects at a 100-level Frist Table during the following times:
- Wednesday, 9/19, 11:45am-1:45pm
- Thursday, 9/20, 11:45am-1:45pm
- Friday, 9/21, 6:00-9:00pm