Registration Opens for Fall 2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition

Collegiate Students—Learn About Renewable Geothermal Energy for a Chance at $10,000

Aug. 8, 2023 | By Kelly MacGregor | Contact media relations

Registration is now open for the Fall 2023 U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Collegiate Competition (GCC)!

The GCC invites teams from collegiate institutions to develop real-world geothermal solutions for communities while competing for $10,000 in cash prizes and gaining resume experience in the renewable energy industry.

College students—form your team of three or more students (undergraduate or graduate) and register today.

  • Students of any discipline can participate, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Teams can have students from multiple collegiate institutions or from just one.
  • New for 2023: There are two competition tracks, Technical and Policy.
  • First-place teams in each track will win $10,000 in prize funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and second-place teams in each track will earn $6,000.
  • Students will gain hands-on experience and engage with industry mentors.
  • To join, READ the competition rules and REGISTER today by clicking "Solve This Challenge." Registration closes on Oct. 4, 2023.

"You can develop geothermal energy anywhere, so I recommend anyone to apply to this competition.” —Cesar Vivas, University of Oklahoma student and past GCC participant

A collage showing two different teams of more than a dozen total students posing with certificates and geothermal models alongside the Geothermal Collegiate Competition logo.
First- and second-place teams from the 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition pose at their community engagement events.

Important dates

  • August 15: Informational webinar for interested teams
  • September 13: Registration deadline to be paired with an industry mentor
  • October 4: Final registration deadline (all teams who submit a complete registration are accepted to compete)
  • October 25: Optional progress submission deadline
  • December 20: Final submission deadline
  • January 2024: Winners announced.

Professors are encouraged to embed the GCC into their fall semester courses for hands-on policy and technical applications for their students.

Wondering Where To Start?

GCC is now a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s American-Made collection of prizes and competitions.

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