2022 Smeal Undergraduate Sustainability Case Competition

Spring 2022 Undergraduate Case Competition

Smeal Organizes Second Annual Undergraduate Sustainability Case Competition with Partners Lincoln University and Morgan State University 

The Smeal College of Business is working with partnering schools to organize the second annual  Undergraduate Sustainable Business Case Competition Spring 2022. Registration opens on January 28, 2022.

The competition is organized by the Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability, Smeal Diversity Enhancement Programs, Lincoln University, and Morgan State University. 

The competition is a hands-on opportunity to work on a cross-disciplinary team, to use business and markets to solve real-world social justice and environmental conservation challenges.  Student teams who make it to the finals will have the opportunity to present in front of some of today’s leading sustainability and social impact executives. 


  • 1st place: $3,000 
  • 2nd place: $2,000 
  • 3rd place: $1,000 

What is the Focus of the Case Competition? 

This year’s case will focus on Covid-19 and issues associated with vaccination availability, accessibility, and acceptability. People of color in the United States have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and yet these communities also have faced the largest barriers when it comes to gaining access to vaccinations—and to relevant, effective education about the benefits. The case and specific details will be released on February 11. 

Who Can Participate? 

The competition is open to Penn State students from any Penn State campus as well as students from our partner institutions Morgan State University and Lincoln University. To take part, students will put together teams of four but no more than 5 members, two of whom are required to be business majors.   

We are unable to help match students with teams. Students will need to put their own teams together before registering.

How to Register? 

To register, one student from a team will enter the registration site to enter a team name and register each team member. Be sure to have this information BEFORE starting registration. After registering, each team member will have access to the platform and be able to upload materials. Registration is now closed.

What are the competition rules?

All submitted and presented work must be the work of the student team. The team is strongly encouraged to seek out the appropriate subject matter experts that can help the team understand the issues, challenges, and potential solutions related to the case. Students may work with a faculty advisor or mentor who can provide guidance and feedback on the team’s research, analysis, and presentation. However, in the end, all submitted and presented work must be the work of the student team.

Key Dates 

  • January 28: Registration Opens - 8:00 am EST
  • February 11: Registration Closes - 5:00 pm EST
  • February 11: Case Released - 7:00 pm EST
  • March 4: Initial Submission Due - 11:59 pm EST
  • March 23: Finalist Announced - 5:00 pm EST
  • March 30: Final Submission Due - 11:59 pm EST
  • April 1: Finals (Finalists Present In-person at Penn State Main) - TBD


Please forward all questions to:  smealsustainability@psu.edu.