We hope that your experience in the program is as rewarding as it has been for the hundreds of Dean’s Scholars who have been participating since 1983.
If you are similar to your predecessor Dean’s Scholars, you may find that this program is the most important facet of your university experience. The Scholars you meet may very likely be your friends for life – you may even meet a future spouse in the program. Through our network of contacts, you will also meet faculty and research supervisors who will be important mentors for you during your careers here at this university and beyond.
Lastly, please notice the wide range of activities the program has to offer: mentoring, sports, social events, lectures, etc... Without question performing well in your classes is of paramount importance. However, there is so much more to the university education than what happens in classes. You may look back later and say this was the most enriching period of your life—make up your mind now to get as much as you can from it.
David M. Hillis
Dean’s Scholars Program Director and Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor in Natural Sciences