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 (in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities) to collaborate with top faculty researchers and contribute to the creation of cutting-edge knowledge in significant and meaningful ways. 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. The call for proposals goes out in early August of each academic year to all Dedman College faculty. Normally the proposals, which are due at the end of August, are submitted by the faculty member. They are 1-2 pages in length and must identify the student and the student’s background and contain a brief description of the project the student will be working on, as well as the time frame (one semester, 2 semesters). Proposals should also include the student’s ID number and best contact telephone number. 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 $1500/semester ($3000 for the year) 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. There are funds available in this program to support these endeavors. Each year there is a reception for Hamilton Scholars and their mentors and some of the scholars present their work in oral or poster format. 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 the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, dcinterdisciplinaryinstitute@smu.edu, (214) 768-3527. 

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