The Office of the Provost administers the Hunt Leadership Scholarship Program. The Program Director is Lindsay Davis, and Professor Stephen Sekula is the Faculty Mentor to the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program.
Lindsay Davis serves as the Director of the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program after serving as the Assistant Director for four years. She came to SMU in 2012 with a background in university admissions and earned her M.Ed. in Education Policy and Leadership in 2014. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in 2010 with a BBA in Entrepreneurial Management and a BA in Theatre. In addition to directing the Hunt Scholars Program, Lindsay also serves on the University Conduct Board and has held many volunteer roles with first year student programs, such as AARO and the Common Reading.
Outside of her life at SMU, Lindsay also teaches Pure Barre classes part time and is an active member of the Junior League of Dallas. She serves as the president of her sorority alumnae chapter and during basketball season, you can find her permanently planted in Moody Coliseum. Lindsay and her husband, Joe (the Associate Dean of Admission at SMU), love to cheer on the Mustangs and relish every opportunity they get to spend time with the Hunt Leadership Scholars.
Professor Stephen Sekula is an Assistant Professor of Experimental Physics in the Physics Department. In addition, he is a member of the Faculty Advisory Board to the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and is a member of the SMU Center for Scientific Computation. He is a member of the international ATLAS Collaboration, a group of 3000 physicists from over 177 research institutions in 38 countries. The ATLAS Experiment, operated by the collaboration, is located at the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. ATLAS is an 8-story-tall, 50-yard-long, 100-megapixel subatomic digital camera, capable of taking 400 million pictures per second. This allows physicists to capture images of subatomic particle collisions and study the debris in an attempt to determine the laws and building blocks of the cosmos.
Professor Sekula has been a member of the faculty since 2009. He has taught introductory physics courses for pre-health students, as well as a unique course introducing students to the scientific method and critical and creative thinking (one of only about twenty such courses at colleges and universities nationwide), and special physics seminars for graduate students. He is the recipient of the 2013 Golden Mustang Award, which is given each year to a junior, tenure-track faculty member, whose teaching is consistently excellent; whose courses reflect thoughtful curricular development; and whose scholarship makes a meaningful contribution to the discipline and to student learning. In addition, he mentors undergraduate and graduate students engaged in active research in particle physics.
In 2012, the origin of mass in the known universe was discovered by the ATLAS and CMS Experimental Collaborations: the Higgs Particle (known colloquially as "The God Particle"), which interacts with normal matter and in doing so results in what we call "mass." Professor Sekula has been involved in a number of studies of the newly discovered particle, including measuring its quantum properties. In addition, he has searched for additional Higgs particles in nature that might help explain the nature of the non-luminous matter that makes up 25% of the cosmos, known as "dark matter." Professor Sekula is recognized as an international leader in the quest to identify new particles and forces in nature.
Professor Sekula received his B.S. in Physics from Yale University in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He has held post-doctoral research positions at MIT and The Ohio State University, prior to joining the faculty at SMU.