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Dammon Dean's Scholar Program


Every year, beginning students in the College of Liberal Arts 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. For the 2015-2016 Dean's Scholars Program, eligibility will be based on acceptance of his/her Honors College invitation.

As a Dean's Scholar you will:

  • Work closely with a College of Liberal Arts faculty member on a spring semester research project
  • 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-curricular programming
  • Participate in learning community co-curricular events


  • FALL Semester; GS 490: LA Scholars Seminar - Honors (1 credit)
  • FALL Semester; Honors Seminar (3 credits)
  • SPRING Semester; Scholar Research Seminar (3 credits)


The Dammon Dean’s Scholar Program offers you the opportunity to study with a professor during your first year at Purdue. During the fall semester, scholars select research projects after hearing faculty presentations. 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.



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. 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. 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 academic coursework, members of the Dean's Scholar learning community also participate 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
  • Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
  • Hunger Banquet (with the College of Agriculture)
  • Winter gingerbread house decorating
  • Theme movie nights
  • Ice-skating
  • Purdue group scavenger hunt
  • Feast of the Hunters Moon
  • Lafayette art gallery walk


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.


Participation in the Dean's Scholar Program is by invitation only. For information about the 2015-2016 Dean's Scholars Program, please contact Michael Loeffelman. To Apply for the 2015-2016 Dean's Scholars Program, please visit the Student Success website: CLA Dammon Dean's Scholars Learning Community.


Please contact Michael Loeffelman, the CLA Honors Assistant Director, if you have questions about the Dammon Dean's Scholar Program. 

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