The new semester is underway and it sure looks different from this time last year. However, we’ve had the pleasure of (virtually) meeting the students in our first-year foundations grand challenges courses these past few weeks and there is one thing that does not seem to have changed: the students’ motivation for learning about science and engineering.

As you will see in the attached report of our 2019-2020 activities, the Grand Challenges Initiative had an absolutely outstanding year. And in spite of all that lays ahead, we think that this year will continue to bring great successes for our students, our postdoctoral fellows, and the community around us.