Dammon Dean's Scholar Program
The Dean's Scholars Program is currently accepting faculy applications for Spring 2014 projects. Questions can be directed to CLA Honors Program Director Kristina Bross (email@example.com).
Every year, twenty-five to thirty beginning students are selected as Dammon Dean’s Scholars. Their participation in the program is rewarding: academic disciplines come alive, and new opportunities open up as a result of their unique first-year experience. The Dean’s Scholar Program could enrich your first year, too.
As a Dean's Scholar you will:
- Work closely with a College of Liberal Arts faculty member on a spring semester research project
- Enroll in two fall semester courses: 1-credit seminar and 3-credit honors public speaking course
- Enroll in one spring semester course: 1-credit seminar
- Learn and grow in a community of dedicated scholars like yourself
- Participate in a year-long living/learning community with other Dean's Scholars
- Interact with members of the Honors College in courses and co-curruicular programming (2013-2014 academic year)
- Participate in co-curricular events
The Dammon Dean’s Scholar Program offers you the opportunity to study one-on-one with a professor during your first year at Purdue. Scholars are free to choose research projects involving any area in the College of Liberal Arts. Dean’s Scholar projects expand students’ understanding of specific disciplines, develop their academic connections, and test their personal career choices. In addition, scholars benefit from having professors as their mentors.
"I thought it was a wonderful experience! I don't feel like many people--least of all freshmen--get to work one on one with a professor and get a very hands-on and real experience with research. Everyone can picture the research that comes with the "hard sciences", but the humanities offer a completely different aspect of research that also breaks away from the research papers from high school. If not for the program, I don't think I would have pursued the other projects I have been a part of and so thoroughly enjoyed" - Elli Reuland, Women's Studies and Sociology Major Class of 2013, Spicewood, TX
"I enjoy teaching Purdue students, but the Dammon Dean’s Scholar Program allowed me to engage in research with a very bright undergraduate student which truly exceeded my typical classroom experience. In my classes, I often talk about learning from my students as we discuss literature and a student brings a new perspective to the material. However, with the Dean’s Scholar Program I was able to research alongside a student and go through the behind the scenes work that leads to the books and articles that we often share with students. My first student and I enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to continue to work together. She’s gaining research expertise, I’m gaining much needed assistance, and we’re both excited about what we’re discovering together" –Venetria K. Patton, Director, African American Studies and Research Center and Associate Professor of English
To see examples of previous Dean's Scholar projects:
GROWTH IN A SCHOLARLY COMMUNITY
As a Dean’s Scholar in a community with professors and fellow students, you will have an immediate support network that will foster intellectual growth and friendship. Much of the interaction among fellow scholars takes place in the Dean’s Scholar seminar, a course that earns students one credit per semester during their freshman year. During the fall semester, students investigate possible research opportunities, learn about the College of Liberal Arts, develop effective academic skills, and discuss issues related to their first year at Purdue. The following semester, scholars get to know each other more closely when the seminar class is divided into small groups to discuss their ongoing research projects with fellow scholars.
"The Dammon Dean's Scholar Program was a great experience coming to a large university for the first time. The program allowed me to meet people from all over the country and the world that had similar academic interests and gave me the opportunity to meet important faculty members that can help me achieve my academic goals at Purdue University. The experience of being a Dammon Dean Scholar has made this university of nearly 40,000 students feel much smaller and more personal to my own academic interests and goals" - William Benisek, Law and Society Major Class of 2015, Arilington Heights, IL
"I found the Dammon Dean's Scholar Learning Community to be an excellent opportunity to become a full-fledged member of the Purdue Liberal Arts community. The experience gave much to work with for the next three years" - Jonathan Goodwin, Economics and Political Science Major Class of 2015, Indianapolis, IN
CONNECT THROUGH THE LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY
Through learning communities, first-year students have a great way to make friends and learn the ropes at Purdue. Research results here and at programs across the United States show that students who take part in a learning community earn higher grades, make friends faster, and graduate at higher or faster rates than students who don't participate.
In addition to enrolling in two fall semester courses and one spring semester course together, members of the Dean's Scholar learning community also participating in out-of-class activities.
Examples of Past Activities and Events
- Low ropes leadership and team-building excursion
- Community dinners with faculty members and College of Liberal Arts administration
- Faculty Research Match
- Hunger Banquet (with the College of Agriculture)
- Winter gingerbread house decorating
- Theme movie nights
"We get wonderful opportunities like having dinner with the dean or getting free tickets to shows. The coursework is really interesting, too. We have to challenge ourselves and experience things outside of our comfort zone. It's unlike any class I have this semester." -Megan Staub, Political Science Major Class of 2013, Canton, MI
HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM
The Clarence E. Dammon Dean's Scholar Program is named for a former Purdue University speech professor, registrar, and director of admissions who died in 1957 while employed at Purdue. At the time of his death, the Purdue Board of Trustees voted to defer fees for his children, who would be attending the University a few years later. In 1976, the Dean's Scholar program officially began. In 2003, Clarence's son Jim Dammon, and Jim's wife, Marilynn named the Clarence E. Dammon Dean's Scholar Program with a gift that honors Jim's father and expresses gratitude to Purdue University.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Participation in the Dean's Scholar Program is by invitation only. For information about the 2013-2014 Dean's Scholars Program, please contact Michael Loeffelman. To Apply for the 2013-2014 Dean's Scholars Program, please visit the Student Success Website: CLA Dammon Dean's Scholars Learning Community.
Please contact Michael Loeffelman, the CLA Honors Program Assistant Director, if you questions about the Dammon Dean's Scholar Program.
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