GPC Interdisciplinary Case Competition 2024

Welcome to the most anticipated event of the academic year – GPC Interdisciplinary Case Competition 2024, organized by the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council (GPC).

The GPC Interdisciplinary Case Competition Objectives are to:

Foster Interdisciplinary Collaboration: By encouraging participants to break disciplinary silos and collaborate across diverse academic backgrounds. The competition aims to create a platform where students can harness the collective power of varied perspectives, problem-solving approaches, and skillsets to develop innovative solutions.

Cultivate Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills: By Enhancing participants’ abilities to think critically and solve complex problems. The competition challenges teams to analyze real-world issues, identify underlying problems, and devise strategic, well-reasoned solutions. This objective emphasizes the development of practical skills crucial for success in professional and academic settings.

Promote Ethical Decision-Making: By instilling a strong sense of ethics and integrity in participants’ decision-making processes. The competition emphasizes the importance of considering ethical implications in problem-solving. Teams are encouraged to develop solutions that not only address challenges effectively but also align with the ethical standards and core values of Mizzou.

Encourage Innovative Thinking and Creativity: By Stimulating creativity and innovation and providing a platform for participants to think outside the box. The competition challenges teams to propose unique and imaginative solutions to real-world problems. This objective aims to foster a culture of innovation, encouraging participants to explore unconventional ideas that can lead to positive and lasting change.

Facilitate Professional Networking and Industry Exposure: By providing participants with valuable opportunities for professional networking and exposure to industry practices. The competition incorporates events such as a networking dinner with judges, enabling participants to connect with professionals. This objective aims to bridge the gap between academia and other industry, offering students insights and contacts that can contribute to their future success.

Competition Overview

Who Can Participate: All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in Mizzou

Team Size: Minimum of 2, maximum of 4 members


1st Place: $500 per team member

2nd Place: $300 per team member

3rd Place: $200 per team member

Consolation/Recognition prizes for 4th and 5th place

Advisor of the winning team will be recognized

Competition Timeline

Registration Deadline: December 15th, 2023 (No registration fee)

Case Release: December 18th, 2023, 5:00 PM

Info Session via Zoom: December 21st, 2023, 12:00 PM (Recording will be available for review)

Case Report Submission: January 19th, 2024, at 5pm

Networking Event: January 22nd, 2024

Preliminary Rounds (via Zoom): January 23rd, 2024

Finals round (in person): January 24th, 2024

Judging Panel: consists of students, faculty, staff, and alumni

Chief Judge: Department with the case in question

How to Participate

Team Registration: Complete the online form. Information to be provided are team leader credentials, team name, team member names, student #, and team staff/faculty advisor details.

Deadline: December 15th, 2023

Case Release and Info Session: Receive the case on December 18th, 2023, at 5:00 PM.

Attend the info session via Zoom on December 21st, 2023, at noon. (Recording will be made available on request)

Work on the Case: Teams are expected to work during the break and deliver their case reports by January 19th, 2024.

Networking Event: Join the networking event on January 22nd, 2024, to connect with judges and fellow participants.

Competition Rounds: Preliminary rounds will be conducted via Zoom on January 23rd, 2024.

The final 5 teams will compete in person on January 24th, 2024.

Get Involved, Make an Impact!

The Mizzou GPC Interdisciplinary Case Competition is not just a competition; it is an opportunity to be heard, influence policy, and make a lasting impact on campus. Students will have the chance to learn, grow, and network. Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote on-campus groups and motivate students to participate. Do not miss your chance to be a part of this exciting event that promises to shape the future of our university!

For more information, contact Jessica Osaze, GPC Director of Professional Development at

Let the competition begin and may the best team win!