Hobson Wildenthal Honors College at UT Dallas

Hobson Wildenthal Honors College

The Hobson Wildenthal Honors College at the University of Texas at Dallas, established in 2014, houses eight programs dedicated to promoting excellence in undergraduate education.

Three programs offer a four-year cohort experience to participating students, with admission generally restricted to incoming college freshmen. The Collegium V Honors Program provides seminar instruction, personal mentoring and an enhanced academic environment. The National Merit Scholars Program provides personal mentoring and an intellectual framework in addition to a generous financial scholarship for National Merit Scholars attending UT Dallas. National Merit Scholars at UT Dallas are eligible for membership in the Collegium V Honors Program. Terry Foundation Scholarships at UT Dallas are awarded to top seniors from Texas high schools as well as to outstanding transfer students. Scholarship recipients take part in the Terry Scholars Program which provides a diverse array of extracurricular experiences with a focus on service and leadership.

The other five programs in the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College enrich the academic experience of matriculated UT Dallas students. The Office of Distinguished Scholarships provides information, guidance, and mentoring to students applying for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship programs. The Archer Program combines Washington D.C. internship experience with classroom instruction for an intensive semester of political and policy education. The UT Dallas Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is the local chapter of the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate students are inducted to Phi Kappa Phi each year.

The Hobson Wildenthal Honors College is located in the Cecil and Ida Green Center at the heart of the UT Dallas campus. We invite visitors to stop by our lobby and review the senior research posters from last year.

Hobson Wildenthal Honors College in the News

Aisha Noor BA’12, MPA’13 (left) and Monica Niewiarowski BA’13 (right) and became best friends at UT Dallas and have both chosen careers in the law.

Aisha Noor BA’12, MPA’13 (left) and Monica Niewiarowski BA’13 (right) and became best friends at UT Dallas and have both chosen careers in the law.

Friendship Sustains Comets Pursuing Legal Careers

During an introductory course in 2009, freshmen were asked to lead presentations on topics in which they consider themselves experts. Aisha Noor BA’12, MPA’13 decided to demonstrate her method for wrapping a hijab and chose Monica Niewiarowski BA’13 to be her model.

This moment launched a friendship that has allowed Noor and Niewiarowski to push each other to excel along parallel life paths, including a move from UT Dallas to Washington, D.C., to law school and back to Dallas, where they are enjoying their first year of professional law practice.
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Among this year’s new Terry Scholars are 14 freshmen, including two valedictorians, four AP Scholars and one National Hispanic Scholar.

Among this year’s new Terry Scholars are 14 freshmen, including two valedictorians, four AP Scholars and one National Hispanic Scholar.

New Group of Terry Scholars Joins the University This Fall

The University of Texas at Dallas welcomed 22 new Terry Scholars this fall: 14 freshmen and eight transfer students.

Overall, the 99 Terry Scholars enrolled at UT Dallas will receive combined awards of more than $2.2 million this year. Since 2006, the Terry Foundation has given more than $17 million to the University’s 300 scholars.
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Chetan Reddy, Vijay Reddy, and Geetha Manku.

Chetan Reddy celebrated with his parents, Vijay Reddy MSEE’92 and Geetha Manku MS’94, after winning the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee in 2010. They now help young spellers at GeoSpell Academy in Plano.

Scholar Offers Words of Wisdom in Mentoring Aspiring Spelling Champs

As a Plano eighth-grader, Chetan Reddy advanced to the finals of a national spelling competition but fell short of his dream of becoming the top speller in the country.

Reddy, then 13, made it to the 10th round before tripping up on “kaburi” (a land crab) — which he said he had spelled correctly before — and was eliminated from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee. He ended up tying for seventh place.
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Aerial photograph of the Cecil and Ida Green Center.

Thien Nguyen, biomedical engineering freshman; Christiane Calderon, biochemistry freshman; Ainsley Stockdale, physics freshman; Rahul Anand, neuroscience freshman; and Josué Fonseca, healthcare studies freshman.

Largest Group of Clark Scholars Seizes Early Lab Work Opportunity

A record number of students took part in the Anson L. Clark Summer Research Program, now in its 50th year.

More than tripling the participant count from 26 to 79 "Clarkies" was just the start in terms of changes to the program, which gives immediate research participation opportunities to incoming freshmen at The University of Texas at Dallas.
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Aerial photograph of the Cecil and Ida Green Center.

The National Merit Scholars Program, housed in the Cecil and Ida Green Center, is part of the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College.

University Becomes Popular Destination for National Merit Scholars

The University of Texas at Dallas welcomed more than 170 new National Merit Scholars this fall, a record for the University. Last year, 160 freshman scholars chose to attend UT Dallas, the ninth-largest class among all U.S. universities and the third-largest among public universities.

National Merit Scholars at UT Dallas receive complete tuition coverage for up to eight semesters; per-semester stipends for housing, books, supplies and other costs; and a one-time study abroad opportunity.
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Sydney Sherman and Rachel Meade.

Sydney Sherman and Rachel Meade.

Two Undergraduate Researchers Win Goldwater Scholarships

Two undergraduate researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have been recognized with awards from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Rachel Meade, a molecular biology junior in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Sydney Sherman, a biomedical engineering junior in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, each received full scholarships. Both are McDermott Scholars and National Merit Scholars.
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Hans Ajieren BS'18.

Hans Ajieren BS'18.

Engineering Grad Becomes University's Newest Phi Kappa Phi Fellow

Hans Ajieren BS'18, a recent electrical engineering graduate at The University of Texas at Dallas, has received another distinguished scholarship to further his career researching innovative devices to treat neurological disorders.

Ajieren, an alumnus of the McDermott Scholars Program and a National Merit Scholar, has been recognized with a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.
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Eric Chen and Carla Ramazan.

Eric Chen and Carla Ramazan.

New Student Government Leaders Focus on Sustainability, More Space

New Student Government leaders at The University of Texas at Dallas were elected with a campaign to engage students in more sustainability efforts and expand common space for students to gather on campus.

Incoming president Eric Chen, a National Merit Scholar and an actuarial science junior in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and vice president Carla Ramazan, a McDermott Scholar and an undeclared freshman who plans to attend law school, are experienced Student Government leaders who hope to impact the campus for future generations.
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Group of students awarded for humanitarian work in Mexico.

From the left: Teaching assistant Laurel Kirk, Kaitlyn Luckock, Christopher Tran, Mariana Huerta, Clisha D’Souza, Tiffany Nguyen, Linda Schiller, CUSLAI program director Monica Rankin and research assistant Toni Loftin at the recent awards breakfast.

Students Awarded For Humanitarian Work in Mexico

At the end of a summer internship, seven students opted to stay for an additional four weeks in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, but Ben Wroblewski, Samee Ahmad, Clisha D’Souza and Linda Schiller embarked on a decidedly bolder course.

The students left Oaxaca and drove five hours outside of the city, on a bus and via mountain roads to the remote Hermanos en el Camino (Brothers in the Road) shelter, where they would stay alongside the migrants, many of who were fleeing violent crimes and terrible conditions in South America.
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A portrait of Vladyslav Wallace

Vladyslav Wallace.

Sophomore Wins Gilman Scholarship to Pursue Passion for Languages

UT Dallas sophomore Vladyslav Wallace moved to Plano, Texas, as a child when his parents emigrated from Ukraine. He grew up speaking two languages, often helping his parents translate their native Ukrainian into English.

Wallace pursued his interest in languages by taking a gap year after high school with the National Security Language Initiative for Youth in Moldova, where he perfected his Russian. A double major in global business in the Naveen Jindal School of Management and international political economy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, he began learning a fifth language last summer during an internship to Estonia.
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A portrait of Nancy Fairbank

Nancy Fairbank BA'17 is the third UT Dallas student to win a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship of $15,000 from the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Political Science Graduate Wins Prestigious Urann Fellowship

Nancy Fairbank, a May graduate in political science at The University of Texas at Dallas, has received another prestigious scholarship that will propel her toward a career in international law.

Fairbank, an alumna of the McDermott Scholars Program, is the third UT Dallas student — and the second in a row — to win the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship of $15,000 from the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
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A portrait of Matthew Salm

Matthew Salm

Mathematics Junior Earns Prestigious Truman, Udall Scholarships

Growing up in Wisconsin, UT Dallas junior and McDermott Scholar Matthew Salm gained an appreciation for nature and the environment.

He and his family vacationed in national parks. Salm participated in high school soccer, swimming and track. He has reached the summit of four of the highest peaks in the lower 48 states.
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A portrait of Karthik Hullahalli

Biology senior Karthik Hullahalli is one of four UT Dallas students recognized this year by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Goldwater Foundation Recognizes Students

Four undergraduate researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have been recognized this year by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, including three full scholarship winners from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Biology senior Karthik Hullahalli, chemistry junior Gino Occhialini and biochemistry sophomore Justin Raman all received full scholarships.
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A portrait of Derek Nguyen

Derek Nguyen BS'13, will graduate this spring from UT Southwestern Medical School with a 4.0 grade-point average.

Alumnus Reaches Top of Medical School Class

A UT Dallas alumnus who is graduating at the top of his class at medical school credits his academic success to his learning experience as an undergraduate.

Derek Nguyen BS’13 is among a handful of students who earned a 4.0 GPA this spring at UT Southwestern Medical School. He will spend his medical intern year at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas before heading to Johns Hopkins Hospital for his four-year residency in radiology.
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Portraits of Dr. Kara Sutton and Dr. Richard Scotch

Dr. Kara Sutton (left) and Dr. Richard Scotch are conducting the needs assessment for Texas Pride Impact Funds, a Houston-based nonprofit.

Sociology Study Examines Needs of LGBT+ Communities in Texas

Sociologists in UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences are conducting an in-depth study to identify the needs and concerns of LGBT+ communities across the state.

Dr. Richard Scotch, professor of sociology, and Dr. Kara Sutton, a sociology lecturer, were selected to conduct the needs assessment for Texas Pride Impact Funds, a Houston-based nonprofit that supports organizations and projects serving LGBT+ communities throughout the state.
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A portrait of Margaret McDermott

Margaret McDermott.

McDermott's $10 Million Gift Establishes New Name for Honors College

The University of Texas at Dallas, in accord with the terms of a gift creating an endowment of $10 million for support of undergraduate research, has announced that its Honors College is being renamed the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College, in honor of its long-serving chief academic officer.
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A portrait of Kaylie Hartman

UT Dallas psychology senior Kaylie Hartman will serve on a student advisory committee for It's On Us.

Senior Joins National Panel Aiming to End Sexual Assault on Campus

UT Dallas psychology senior Kaylie Hartman is one of 28 students selected nationwide — and the only one from Texas — to serve on a student advisory committee for a national initiative that empowers students to help end sexual assault on campuses.

Hartman will be a liaison between the It’s On Us initiative and college students at UT Dallas and other participating universities in Texas.
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Blake Eaton BS'16.

Political Science Graduate Earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

UT Dallas alumnus Blake Eaton BA’16 recalls very clearly the moment he decided to pursue a legal career.

“I was in the sixth grade, and it was the first time my mom let me watch 'Law and Order.' I remember thinking, ‘That’s where I want to be,’” Eaton said.
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Nancy Fairbank.

Political Science Senior Publishes Book on Teen Homelessness

UT Dallas political science senior Nancy Fairbank got an up-close look at teen homelessness while working on a high school journalism project.

Her resulting documentary, about a center for youths living on the streets in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri, turned into much more than an assignment. It was the first step in an ongoing effort to advocate for homeless teens.
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Melanie Maurer (left) and Arden Wells have each earned a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Students Earn Graduate Research Fellowships

Four years ago, Arden Wells and Melanie Maurer began their UT Dallas experience together as strangers.

Now, the two roommates and Eugene McDermott Scholars will leave the University together, graduating on the same day this spring, each with a 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
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Hyunjoo "Eunice" Ko.

Scholarship Winner Gets Dose of New Medical Skills in South Korea

When Hyunjoo "Eunice" Ko applied for a David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Seoul, South Korea, she knew she would gain advanced skills in the Korean language and experience working in a research lab.

She didn’t expect to get a firsthand look at how a nation handles a medical crisis. A deadly 2015 outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) left 36 dead and staggered Seoul’s economy as people avoided public places with large crowds.
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Naomi D’Amato is interning at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., this semester.

Undergrad Receives Emerging Scholar Award from Golden Key Society

UT Dallas accounting junior Naomi D’Amato said her mother taught her early on to focus her life on serving others.

When she got to UT Dallas, she was further inspired by the way faculty members such as Matthew Polze, a lecturer in business law, and Dr. Ted Harpham, dean of the Honors College, showed an interest in helping students and shared their passion for learning.
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Raheel Ata BS’15, receiving his white coat as he began medical school at Stanford University this fall.

Prescription for Success: Med Student Wins Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

UT Dallas alumnus Raheel Ata BS’15 knew he wanted to someday work in the medical field.

His specific career niche crystallized during his Archer Fellow semester in Washington, D.C. While doing clinical rotations at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Ata observed investigational clinical trials with veterans, using devices such as robotic arms for amputees.
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Stuart Yun BS'13.

In Mojave Desert, Engineer Eyes the Sky as Career Takes Flight

The Mojave Desert can overwhelm the senses. The sweltering afternoons and frigid nights make it impossible to dress for any occasion. The unforgiving brightness of a cloudless sky renders sunglasses ineffective. The howling winds kick up dust that coats wind-worn Joshua trees. Only the occasional sonic boom, high-altitude contrails and unidentified object in the sky indicate the history — and the future — of this desolate landscape. Nearly seven decades ago, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in this Southern California desert, and it is here where many discoveries, first flights and world records have been set.
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Melanie Maurer, biomedical engineering junior, one of three full scholarship winners.

Three Undergrad Researchers Receive Goldwater Scholarships

A record three undergraduate researchers from UT Dallas have received full scholarships this year from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, a tally that matches top-ranked institutions such as Yale University, the University of Michigan and Rice University.
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Dr. Ted Harpham, an associate provost and professor of political science and dean of the Honors College.

New College Brings Undergraduate Honors Programs under One Roof

The UT System's Board of Regents has approved the creation of an Honors College at UT Dallas to better coordinate, initiate and promote programs that advance excellence in undergraduate education.

The new college will build on the foundations of the University's existing honors programs, and will raise their status and structure, said Dr. Ted Harpham, an associate provost and professor of political science who has been appointed dean of the Honors College.
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