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The College of Engineering joins twenty other universities in offering students a unique opportunity to address the most pressing challenges facing humanity by participating in the Grand Challenge Scholars Program. Fourteen grand challenges were identified in 2008 with input from leading engineers and scientists. They span fields as diverse as education, virtual reality, healthcare, the human brain and energy. The program gives highly motivated students the opportunity to design a pathway of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences all focused on one of the challenge areas. With assistance from faculty advisors and the GCSP director, applicants develop a coherent plan that addresses the five program components: a research project, interdisciplinary exploration, entrepreneurship, global encounters and service to community.