n. A person of broad and varied learning.
[Greek polumathēs : polu-, poly- + manthanein, math-, to learn]
Polymathic Scholars, the newest honors community in the College of Natural Sciences, are undergraduates committed to the sciences who also have passionate interests beyond them. The program's mission is to foster these students' creative curiosity by helping them integrate their diverse interests into an academic degree plan that's both rigorous and personally rewarding.
Those interests might be public policy questions that concern scientists, or they might have nothing to do with science. What they have in common are interesting questions—questions that require expertise from different branches of knowledge, interdisciplinary questions. And a major research university like UT-Austin is the ideal setting for answering them.
In their second year, Polymaths determine their questions, identify the courses and faculty relevant to answering them, propose a field of study, and, in their final year, submit a research thesis for publication. Their work is formally recognized by the new Evidence and Inquiry certificate.