The Dean’s Scholars Program is founded on the principle that the challenge of education is to understand nature and humanity’s part in it. As such, the investigation of nature must be the common quest for students and faculty alike. Science is one of the most important intellectual achievements of human history: it is also a central determiner of human development. The Dean’s Scholars Program desires students interested in individual discovery and in acquiring a broad view of how science fits into the community - the broad view necessary for assuming important scientific careers and,eventually, leadership positions in the scientific community.
Each graduating Dean's Scholar completes an Honors Thesis that satisfies both the Departmental Honors Thesis requirements of their home discipline as well as those of the Dean's Scholars Honors Program. Honors theses are archived here to provide examples and a historical record of Dean's Scholar accomplishments in research.