Established in 2012 as a part of the Leadership Education and Development Program within the Division of Student Affairs and in partnership with the College of Engineering, Grand Challenges Living Learning Community promotes student-driven cross-disciplinary teams that investigate societally relevant technological and sociological problems. The program is open to all entering Georgia Tech students of any major.

The program has three core components: living, learning, and leading. Once you’re admitted to Georgia Tech and accepted to the program, you will live with other program participants in Howell Residence Hall, and take two Grand Challenges classes together. As part of those classes, you’ll be divided into teams to complete coursework that will challenge you to develop your problem-solving skills to find potential solutions to real-world problems. In both semesters of your coursework, developing leadership skills and team camaraderie will be vital to your success. At the end of your first year, you and your group will pitch a project proposal for funding more work on your concept. Your team can use the awarded funds to continue your project into your upperclassmen years.

These grand challenges aren’t problems that can be solved in a year, but we hope that this program will give you the tools and resources you need to take on challenges of this magnitude in the future. By the end of the year, you will have put your unique skills to good use and created something that is designed to improve the world around you. You will have created relationships with your Grand Challenges peers that will last well beyond your time at Georgia Tech, and you will have met and formed relationships with many faculty and administrators from around campus.


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