Institutes and Centers

Institutes and Centers

The institutes and centers in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences are dynamic forums for interdisciplinary research, the enrichment of undergraduate and graduate research, and engagement to the community.

To learn more about our institutes and centers, select one of the following links. 


Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute
Founded in the spring of 2012 with generous funding from the Dedman Family Foundation, the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute sponsors programs that foster a culture of interdisciplinary inquiry that bridges the physical sciences and the humanities, the liberal arts and the professional schools, and academia and the broader community. Among these programs are faculty fellows seminars, undergraduate fellows, interdisciplinary research clusters, and public lectures and symposia. 

Institute for the Study of Earth and Man
The Institute for the Study of Earth and Man benefits SMU, Dallas and the nation by promoting and supporting interdisciplinary research at the interface of people, Earth and the environment and shares the results of that research with the broader community in meaningful ways. 


Center for Drug Discovery, Design, and Delivery
The Center for Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery (CD4) is a novel multi-disciplinary focus for scientific research targeting medically important problems in human health. Using innovative approaches, CD4’s mission is to potentiate the development of new therapeutics and their delivery methods, as well as the translation of these new therapeutics to clinical use. 

Center for Scientific Computation
Recognizing that computer simulation and analysis has become an essential component of research in most technical disciplines and that educating the next generation of computational scientists and engineers is an urgent challenge, the mission of the Center for Scientific Computation is to stimulate interdisciplinary education and research enabled by modern high-performance computing technology. 

Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Established in 1996, the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies promotes research, publishing, teaching, and public programming in a variety of fields of inquiry related to Texas, the American Southwest and the U.S.- Mexico borderlands.

John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies
The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies is an academic center where all parties and views are heard in a marketplace of ideas.  The Tower Center is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of public policy and international affairs, the advancement of public service and the education of the next generation of leaders. Since its creation in 1992, the Tower Center has sought to bridge the gap between ideas, scholarship and teaching and the real-world practice of politics and public policy.