2024 Student Handprint Challenge


2024 Prompt: Human-Carnivore Conflict and Coexistence in Agricultural Landscapes

Competition Information

The Handprint Challenge is hosted by CSU’s Center for Human Carnivore Coexistence in collaboration with CSU’s One Health Institute through the Warner College of Natural Resources Dean’s Transdisciplinary Award: A One Health transdisciplinary approach to human-wildlife coexistence.

The Handprint Challenge Competition is an opportunity for undergraduate students to form teams to propose solutions to a pressing global environmental issue: Human-Carnivore Conflict and Coexistence in Agricultural Landscapes.

Given such complex challenges necessitate transdisciplinary approaches, student teams must include three undergraduate students from at least two different colleges, and proposed solutions should emphasize collaboration with non-academic actors.

To apply, student teams must submit proposals detailing the specific human-carnivore conflict issue they seek to address and their proposed solution. Solutions could take a variety of approaches, such as an invention, new technology, a social enterprise business plan, new policy, etc. – the more creative, the better!

4-6 finalists, selected from the pool of proposals, will be given the opportunity to advance to the Competition Day, where they will give a ‘Shark Tank’ style presentation to a panel of judges.

If you were unable to attend our Information Session on February 15, you can still submit a proposal! We encourage you to share this opportunity with any potentially interested students. Click here to find materials from our Information Session, including proposal rules and guidelines, example presentations, and a team formation spreadsheet.

Gray wolf in winter


Information Session: February 15, 2024

Application Opens: February 16, 2024

Proposals Due: March 1, 2024

Finalists Notified: March 18, 2024

Competition Day: April 18, 2024

What can you win?

First-, second-, and third-place winning teams will be announced at the conclusion of the Competition Day presentations. Prizes will be divided equally among team members. Winnings are subject to taxes.

First Place: $6,000

Second Place: $4,000

Third Place: $2,000


Submit your proposals to mireille.gonzalez@colostate.edu between February 15th, 2024, and March 1st, 2024, by 5:00 pm. We will notify finalists on March 18th, 2024. We will provide details about the competition to finalists when they are notified.

Handprint Challenge scoring rubric