Who We Are
n. A person of broad and varied learning.
[Greek polumathēs : polu-, poly- + manthanein, math-, to learn]
It's not about math.
The Polymathic Scholars Program in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is designed for students with a commitment to science who also have compelling interests beyond their majors. Polymaths design a personalized field of study that emerges from each student's interests and related questions that require knowledge from more than one academic department.
They are the Renaissance people in the College of Natural Sciences and, like the prototypical polymath, Leonardo Da Vinci, their signature trait is curiosity. Proud of their diverse interests, Polymaths always follow their curiosity.
What We’re Fundraising For
Every year, the Polymathic Scholars host an event called Chautauqua where experts are invited to speak about an interdisciplinary topic. Past topics have been the Beauty in Science and Lost in Translation: Communication Barriers in Science. Since Chautauqua is an important event with diverse topics, the Polymathic Scholars would like to invite experts from outside of the university to add multiple perspectives to the highly attended seminar!
With your gifts, the Polymathic Scholars will be able to invite guests from outside of the university to bring their diverse expert opinions to Chautauqua. Making Chautauqua diverse in both topics and speakers would bolster the educational discussion seminar, allowing students to learn of connections between science and other fields. The Polymathic Scholars hope that by exposing students to a variety of experts in an interactive seminar, we can help students find an interdisciplinary topic that interests them!