Join Today

To become a member of the Dean’s Research Council, please contact Courtney Lee Corwin at 214-768-2608.

Membership Benefits

By supporting Dedman College research initiatives through the Dean’s Research Council, members:

Become part of a close-knit society of community leaders and philanthropists dedicated to the cause of promoting the humanities and sciences and advancing research in the north Texas region

Meet outstanding faculty researchers and network with fellow DRC members at dinners, lectures and other programs

Learn about revolutionary research in the fields of history, psychology, earth sciences and more

Attend an annual award ceremony honoring the DRC Researcher(s) of the Year

Contribute directly to SMU's strategic efforts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty members and become a leading research university

Dean's Research Council

Membership Benefits

By supporting Dedman College research initiatives through the Dean’s Research Council, members:

  • Become part of a close-knit society of community leaders and philanthropists dedicated to the cause of promoting the humanities and sciences and advancing research in the north Texas region
  • Meet outstanding faculty researchers and network with fellow DRC members at dinners, lectures and other programs
  • Learn about revolutionary research in the fields of history, psychology, earth sciences and more
  • Attend an annual award ceremony honoring the DRC Researcher(s) of the Year
  • Contribute directly to SMU's strategic efforts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty members and become a leading research university

Join Today

To become a member of the Dean’s Research Council, please contact Courtney Lee Corwin at 214-768-2608 or deansresearchcouncil@smu.edu.

SMU has created the Dean's Research Council (DRC) to raise and award seed funding in support of promising research conducted by faculty in Dedman College.

Receiving initial funding helps faculty develop their research and attract major funding from leading organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Homeland Security. Individual faculty awards from the DRC, given through a competitive selection process and amounting to up to $30,000 each, will provide the critical support needed to bring these innovative projects to life.

Dedman College is offering individual and corporate mem- berships to donors who wish to support the DRC and further SMU's efforts to become a top research university. One hundred percent of the proceeds from DRC memberships go directly to support Dedman College faculty research initiatives.

The Dean's Research Council has been made possible through the creative efforts of Frederick B. Hegi, Jr. '66 and Kelly Hoglund Compton '79, as well as the generosity of Founding Member Pierce M. Allman '54. Their commitment has helped launch this landmark initiative and will contribute to the rise in national prominence of both Dedman College and SMU.

Recent Research Highlights

  • Improving diabetes treatment through utilization of "smart" polymer technology
  • Identifying chemical compounds that lead to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
  • Uncovering methods of inhibiting virus production in helper T-cells infected with multidrug-resistant HIV-AIDS
  • Exploring new asthma treatment options through physiological and psychological studies
  • Discovering the origins and culture of the first Americans, Paleoindians
  • Researching cultural history within literature, exploring topics such as Old English pedagogical practices, 18th-century mercantile growth and questions of race in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Recent faculty have received the following prestigious research awards: first SMU Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, MLK Visiting Professor at MIT, Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University