Support Dedman College

When you make a gift to Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, you help provide students with exceptional learning experiences. We offer a top-notch student education and conduct thoughtful, cutting-edge research steered by innovative faculty recognized in Dallas and around the globe. Your commitment to the College helps support graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships; attract and retain outstanding professors and researchers; and enhance academic programs, facilities, and resources.

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Gift Opportunities


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SMU Fund for Dedman College

Support of Innovation

Gifts to the SMU Fund for Dedman College provide the Dean with resources to pursue strategic priorities and innovations such as new programs in health and society, biophysics, or digital humanities that strengthen Dedman College as well as the flexibility to invest in new opportunities that arise during the year. Creating a robust fund for the Dean’s unrestricted use is an important priority for Dedman College.

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Dedman College Scholars

Support of Undergraduate Students

The Dedman College Scholars program enriches the University’s intellectual life by providing unique learning opportunities for a select cohort of exceptional undergraduate students. This group of Dedman College majors receives an annual academic scholarship award. With strong alumni support as well as close faculty guidance and mentoring, they become an actively engaged community of scholars.

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Dean’s Research Council

Support of Faculty Research

Strengthening the ability for Dedman College faculty to conduct cutting-edge research is another significant priority. The Dean’s Research Council provides competitively awarded seed funding for faculty research. This support helps our faculty to compete for larger grants and fellowships from outside SMU. Strong research programs have a direct impact on the quality of educational experiences available to our undergraduate and graduate students.

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Dedman College Graduate Fellowships

Support of Graduate Students

High-quality Ph.D. students are critical to the research mission of Dedman College. In the sciences in particular, faculty research hinges on the work advanced by graduate students in their laboratories. Dedman College Fellowships help the College attract and retain top graduate students. To bring in the best Ph.D. students, who are essential to our faculty’s cutting-edge research, we are raising additional resources for graduate programs. Our goal is to offer more competitive fellowships and enhance the experience of graduate students at Dedman College.

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SMU Human Rights Program

Support Human Rights Education

Out of the more than 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, SMU is one of only seven that offers an undergraduate degree in human rights. Since the creation of the program in 2006, 250 human rights majors and minors have graduated. Please consider a current-use or endowment gift today to guarantee that the full experience of an SMU human rights education will be available far into the future.

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