Dean's Research Council

Strengthening the ability for faculty to conduct cutting-edge research is a top priority at Dedman College. 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. For every $1 invested in the Dean’s Research Council grants, faculty win an average of $11 in outside funding. Strong research programs have a direct impact on the quality of educational experiences available to our students. 100% of donations to the Dean’s Research Council go toward faculty research.

Learn more about the wide range of research currently underway at Dedman College in our research brochure. To join, make a gift online to the Dean’s Research Council.

Recent DRC Winners

Professor Elfi Kraka

Elfi Kraka

Professor of Chemistry, A New Quantum Chemical Toolbox for Structural Biology – Applied to the Building Blocks of DNA

Professor Jill Kelly.

Jill Kelly

Associate Professor of History, DePole Humanities Award, “The Burden is Heavy, We Need the Men”: Gendered Knowledge in the 1959 Rebellions in South Africa

Professor Jo Guldi.

Jo Guldi

Assistant Professor of History, Recovering the Rent Revolution, an Archival and Digital Expedition

DRC Distinguished Award winners


Brian Zoltowski

Elizabeth Russ


Jo Guldi

Elfi Kraka

Jill Kelly


Jingbo Ye

Peng Tao

Karen Lupo

Philippe Chuard


Mark Chancey

Alexander Lippert

William Orr

Greg Brownderville

David Son


Herve Tchumkam

Nicolay Tsarevsky


Sabri Ates

Robert Kehoe


Johannes Bauer


Amy Pinkham

Lisa Siraganian

Yunkai Zhou

Dean's Research Council Award Winner

DRC son

“The DRC grant I received in 2015 gave me the resources to start a multidisciplinary collaboration that continues to this very day.”

David Y. Son, Professor of Chemistry
Versatile 3D Printing with 'Click' Chemistry