Please help the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program provide scholarships for its most promising students!
The Dean’s Scholars Honors Program, founded in 1983, is the oldest honors program in UT Austin’s College of Natural Sciences. The program’s primary focus is supporting undergraduate research and preparing students to go on to research-focused careers. Dean’s Scholars have gone on to become surgeons, Teach for America teachers, and Silicon Valley engineers, in addition to professors and scientific researchers. Dean’s Scholars have won some of the most prestigious and competitive graduate fellowships in the nation, including Marshall Scholarships, Gates Foundation Scholarships, National Science Foundation Fellowships, and a Rhodes Scholarship.
Although it is an honors program with academic requirements, Dean’s Scholars is focused on its founding purpose: building a community. While Dean’s Scholars do study together and challenge one another, they also have plenty of fun together. Home-cooked dinners, a field trip every semester, and weekly events constitute the core of the Dean’s Scholars community. Students in Dean’s Scholars often find that their undergraduate experience has been defined by their friends and experiences in the program as much as their lessons in the classroom.
Computer scientist Dr. Alan Kaylor Cline served as director for 20 years and stepped down after the Spring 2011 semester. As a way to celebrate the Dean’s Scholars program and former director Dr. Alan Kaylor Cline’s tremendous contribution to the program’s development, program alumni have established the Dean’s Scholars Endowment. The endowment provides scholarships to Dean’s Scholars students and provides discretionary funds to the program director. Anyone can donate to the endowment and we are grateful for your support!
“There’s a spirit to the program, a feeling of belonging, of being with folks who have similar talents and similar interests. What we’ve tried to do is create a small community of like-minded, very talented science students amidst a very large university. Dean’s Scholars isn’t just unique on campus; it’s unique in the nation.” - Dr. Alan Kaylor Cline