Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

Established to provide opportunities to Dedman College undergraduates for hands-on research, Jack and Jane Hamilton founded the Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholars Program in 2008. Devoted to the legacy of their parents, Diane Buford ('71) and Dan Hamilton ('79) continue the program to this day. The Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholars Program enables Dedman College's most promising students to collaborate with top faculty researchers and contribute to the creation of knowledge in significant and meaningful ways.

Students in this program work closely with a member of the Dedman College Faculty (in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities) on valuable, cutting edge projects that advance knowledge. Faculty/student teams carry out primary research for one semester or up to one year.

Each faculty/student team submits a competitive proposal for the project to the Program Director in response to a call for proposals that goes out in August of each academic year. A small number of Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are also made for the summer with a request for applications going out in late April. Awards are up to $3000/semester with matching funds available from the University Undergraduate Research Program. Hamilton Scholars have successfully delivered papers on their research at professional meetings or submitted their work to professional journals. Hamilton Scholars are also recognized at the University Honors Convocation.

Students who are interested in this program should speak to a faculty member with whom they are interested in working. Faculty members who are interested in this program should identify a student interested in participating. For further information, contact Caroline B. Brettell, Director, Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (; 214-768-4254).

Summer 2014 Physics Scholars

Nicole Hartman and Mayisha Nakib of the physics department have been accepted to prestigious programs for the summer. Nicole will be doing an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Columbia University and going to CERN for 10 weeks to work on the Large Hadron Collider. Mayisha has been accepted to Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at the SLAC National Accelerator Center, working on dark matter experiments. These programs are highly competitive and we are so proud to have our hardworking students represent SMU!