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Dean’s Discretionary Fund

The Dean's Discretionary Fund provides the College of Arts and Sciences with the flexibility to take advantage of unexpected opportunities as they arise, and to meet unforeseen needs in the College's many departments, programs, centers and institutes. By providing this flexibility, the Dean's Discretionary Fund plays a vital role in strengthening the College's day-to-day operations and in keeping educational standards high within the College.

Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is committed to the study of being human, culturally, and biologically - currently and in the past - and the objectives of our program demonstrate this holistically by focusing on the concept of culture and the fact of human biology. Analytical studies of human behavior contribute temporal and cross-cultural comparative perspectives to the larger body of scientific inquiry, thus grounding the student in fundamental concepts.

The David W. May American Indian Collection and Gallery

The May Gallery encourages USD and its surrounding community to increase their knowledge, awareness, and understanding of American Indians, in particular those of the Southwest, through their art and other artifacts. Funding will be used to procure new artifacts and enhance the gallery.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Art

The Department of Art is committed to shaping the next generation of artists, designers, critics, and creative thinkers. Dedicated to exploring creative practices at the forefront of our disciplines, we believe that art not only mirrors the society in which it is produced, but also shapes it: we are most interested in art's potential to offer a critique of culture, and embody in the present that which is yet to become.

Merit-based Scholarship for Visual Arts and Art History Students

The Department of Art seeks external funding in order to establish a merit-based scholarship for the most promising visual arts and art history students. Declared students will be eligible for this scholarship in their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year.

Professor of Printmaking

The Department of Art seeks to raise funds to establish an endowed professorship. This new full-time position in visual arts will develop and teach courses in printmaking and will contribute to drawing, painting and photography concentrations. The new professor will take a leadership role in reestablishing USD’s Printmaking Club, and will work closely with the curator of the new Hoehn Print Study Collection.

Art History Lecture Series

The aim of this initiative is to provide a scholarly forum on campus in the history of art, architecture and the city by organizing lecture series, art exhibits and conferences. Funds will be used to invite renowned historians of art, and/or organize an annual symposium held every spring.

Art History / Visual Arts / Architecture Student Travel Grants

We seek to initiate a student travel/photography grant of $200 to $500 per student to fund the expansion of the USD Digital Image Collection with original pictures of public art, architecture, archaeological sites and urban landscapes (“original pictures” refer to all art related, high resolution digital images that can be owned and copyrighted by the university). This grant may be credited toward a student’s study abroad expenses.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Biology

The Department of Biology offers a program to study the nature, structure and function of organisms. We prepare students for graduate or professional school, teaching in the life sciences, or work in applied biology. The unifying theme of our curriculum is evolution via the mechanism of natural selection.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Instruments and Equipment

We are committed to providing our students with access to and experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment to support their learning and research. For equipment donation, please contact Dr. Lisa Baird by phone (619) 260-4073 or via email baird@sandiego.edu.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry enjoys a solid reputation as a quality program with faculty who strive to be the best teachers on campus. Coursework in Chemistry and Biochemistry is designed to prepare students for a variety of options and career paths following graduation. The upper division courses are based on a sequence of integrated laboratory/lecture courses in organic/physical chemistry, inorganic/physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, instrumental methods and biochemistry.

Summer Research Support

All faculty members in the department are actively engaged in collaborative research with students. With your help, we can provide summer research stipends to all interested students.

Student Scholarships

Help us complement the scholarships awarded through the University of San Diego by offering chemistry and biochemistry discipline-specific scholarships to some of our most outstanding students.

Instruments and Equipment

We are committed to providing our students with access to and experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment to support their learning and research. To discuss donations of equipment, please contact Dr. Helene Citeau by phone (619) 260-2920 or via email heleneciteau@sandiego.edu.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies prepares students for active, ethical, and effective engagement in an increasingly mediated global society. Our courses provide students with the kinds of skills and background necessary to work in a communication-related profession or pursue advanced study in the field of communication.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of English

The Department of English offers a dynamic study of literature across historical periods, geographical boundaries, and diverse political and social repercussions of texts. Students discover a curriculum rich in tradition and innovation, from world literature to creative writing, from linguistics to film and literary theory.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented students who have declared English as their major.

Southeast San Diego Tutoring Project

Funding will be used to provide financial assistance to USD students who tutor at-risk children, grades K-8, at local schools.

The Joanne Dempsey Memorial Lecture

A bi-annual lecture founded by the Dempsey family in memory of their daughter and sister, Joanne Dempsey (Ph.D. Harvard), who taught at USD from 1980 until her untimely death in 1990. The lecture brings Renaissance scholars to the university community. Previous scholars have included Arnold Rampersad, Ph.D. of Stanford University and Richard Strier, Ph.D. of the University of Chicago.

The Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing

The Center was founded in 2004 in memory of Lindsay J. Cropper, an alumna of USD, an English major, and aspiring writer by her parents, Barrie and Dorothy Cropper. The purpose of the Center is to foster the appreciation and practice of creative writing at the University of San Diego by hosting an annual Writers Series, sponsoring writing workshops, promoting the development of writing courses, and granting awards for creative writing.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Ethnic Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary major that allows students to study the historical, cultural, and social dynamics of race and ethnicity in the United States. The major addresses our shared national legacy of conquest, contact, and resistance through three areas of concentration: History and Identity, Creativity and Spirituality, and Institutions and Activism.

Student Scholarship and Travel

Funds will be used by students who have declared a major or minor in Ethnic Studies to attend and present their research at national conferences.

Faculty Research

Funds will be used to actively promote and support faculty/student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Program Development

Funding will be used to develop new and enhance current programs that foster faculty engagement and student learning.

Christopher R. Wilson Ethnic Studies Community Scholar Award

The Wilson Award is presented annually to an outstanding student who is majoring in Ethnic Studies. This award is given for the student’s scholarly accomplishments which have not only benefitted USD but the greater San Diego community.

Eugene Labovitz Lecture Series

The Eugene Labovitz Lecture is an annual keynote presentation the work of students majoring in Ethnic Studies. Funds will be used to offer a cash prize for a community group that embraces and practice the values of ethnic studies at the University of San Diego.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of History

The Department of History offers courses in American, British, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, Japanese and Chinese histories as well as public history. Faculty members balance their commitment to teaching with research, producing award-winning books and articles on a regular basis. We bring our research interests into the classroom. Students learn to work with original sources and to think critically about a wide variety of historical issues.

Student Scholarships and Travel

Funding will be used to assist graduate students so that they may complete their degree in two years. Contributions to this fund will also assist graduate students by enabling them to attend and present their research at national conferences.

Equipment and Resources

Funding will be used to assist graduate students in purchasing needed research equipment or have access to resources to complete their research and projects.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Honors Program

The Honors Program is a four-year, interdisciplinary curriculum that is integrated with a student's major area of study as well as USD’s general education requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 25 Honors units along with the Applied Learning Unit (in the form of an internship or a course that applies what you've learned at USD in the real world) in order to receive an Honors diploma.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Languages and Literatures

The Department of Languages and Literatures attracts students who value knowledge of other languages and cultures. Our courses impart new perspectives that enrich the whole person while preparing students for graduate work or the international job market.

Student Travel Scholarships

It is extremely important that all of our majors in French and Spanish, as well as our minors in German and Italian, have the opportunity to develop their language skills and knowledge of culture by a home-stay in one of our study abroad programs. We also encourage students enrolled in Arabic, Japanese and Chinese to pursue their interest by attending study abroad programs that offer courses beyond the four semesters of the language that we currently have at USD.

Faculty Research and Development Funds

Funds will be used to provide assistance to foreign language professors who conduct their research primarily overseas.

Language Center (Naming Opportunity)

We propose establishing a language center that would combine a high-tech classroom, a language laboratory and a cultural gathering place for foreign language movies, conversation tables, tutoring, conferences, etc. It would be our space for disseminating our love of world culture onto the campus, as well as a place for the world to be welcomed at USD.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Liberal Studies Program

The Liberal Studies major is the major for future elementary school teachers. The major offers instruction in the content and pedagogy you will need to teach in an elementary classroom. With careful planning, the major allows you to graduate in nine semesters with a preliminary multiple subjects credential.

Student Scholarships

Scholarships are needed to help the Liberal Studies major complete the credential program, which often requires a ninth semester of study; this scholarship would cover all or a portion of the tuition for the 12 units of student teaching as an undergraduate.

Student Resource Center

The Liberal Studies program is in need of a new Student Resource Center to house the latest in teaching materials and to serve as a hub of activity for Liberal Studies students to work on class projects and lesson plans which are required in their specialized core courses. It would include media equipment, playback facilities, DVD player, computers, and CDs. This library would include the best available in teaching materials for the elementary classroom and house professional magazines and journals relevant to the student teachers and student chapters of organizations.

Enrichment Seminars

Funds are needed in order to invite nationally-known educators and leaders to give motivational and inspirational workshops and seminars on topics such as math, science, and performing arts in the classroom; and to provide a unique opportunity which one usually finds only in larger universities.

Student Travel

These funds would assist with the costs involved in attending a teaching conference and would specifically pay for conference registration and travel expenses.

Gifts and Events for Graduating Seniors

We would like to host an annual “Send Off Luncheon” each spring for its graduating seniors as an opportunity to congratulate the students, encourage ongoing communications as new alumni, and to obtain important feedback relevant to the ongoing assessment of this fledgling program. This particular event could be given in honor of a special person who has made a difference in the teaching profession.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the program’s greatest needs.

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Department of Marine Science and Environmental Studies

The Department of Marine Science and Environmental Studies offers field and laboratory intensive courses that provide students with outstanding hands-on experience which prepares them for graduate school and/or careers in environmental science. Faculty members are actively involved in research, with projects that take them and their students all over the world.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Instruments and Equipment

We are committed to providing our students with access to and experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment to support their learning and research. For equipment donation, please contact Dr. Michel Boudrias by phone (619) 260-4795 or via email boum@sandiego.edu.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

The Mathematics program has a threefold objective: to provide courses giving technical mathematical preparation to students in any field of academic endeavor; to provide liberal arts courses which will demonstrate our mathematical heritage from past ages, and point out the impact of mathematical thought and philosophy on our culture in this technological civilization; and to provide courses of advanced mathematical knowledge which will prepare students for graduate work or professional employment in mathematics or related areas.

The Computer Science program relies heavily on abstract reasoning and mathematics. The mathematics involved is usually quite different, however, from traditional mathematics. Much of it has been developed recently in response to the development of computers. As an academic discipline within the liberal arts tradition, Computer Science has ties with many other disciplines. The natural sciences provide the physical principles upon which computers are built. Computer Science serves the sciences, engineering and business in providing the means to perform complex calculations and to analyze large amounts of data. Psychology and philosophy share with Computer Science the desire to understand the nature of reason, language, and intelligence.

E. Clare Friedman Scholarship

A scholarship established in honor or Professor Emeritus Clare Friedman, funding will be used to support students who have declared a major in mathematics and are planning to become teachers.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Music

The Department of Music offers an integrated study of music history, theory, composition and performance in a Liberal Arts environment. The professionally active faculty, student ensembles and guest artists contribute to a lively culture of performance and scholarly inquiry.

Choral Scholars Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial assistance to incoming and current Choral Scholars students.

Music Endowment Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to a student majoring in music who shows outstanding promise and demonstrates a desire to contribute to the USD music program in a significant way.

Anne Catherine Swanke Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a deserving music major who intends to pursue a career in music as a performer.

Sister Aimee Rossi, RSCJ, Music Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a dedicated music major who contributes significantly to the music program.

USD Symphony Scholarship

Any USD student, regardless of major or minor, may receive financial assistance which can be used for individual lessons once the student has successfully auditioned for and been accepted to the USD Symphony.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy is pluralistic, covering all significant historical periods and most major philosophical methods. The department has a deep and special concern for the study of ethics, values, and the moral life. Students at USD can expect to be exposed to perennial epistemological, metaphysical, and theological issues and theories in philosophy.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Physics

The Department of Physics allows students to explore the interactions of matter and energy from the simplest swinging pendulum to the complex scenarios of biological systems, the plasmas of nuclear fusion, and energy and its impact on the environment. A deep understanding of physics involves problem solving, reasoning and experimental skills that are valuable not only to scientists, but also to every member of society as we move towards a more technological world.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Instruments and Equipment

We are committed to providing our students with access to and experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment to support their learning and research. For equipment donation, please contact Dr. Greg Severn by phone (619) 260-4795 or via email severn@sandiego.edu.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Political Science and International Relations

The Department of Political Science and International Relations allows students to study and explore the fundamental questions of how individuals grapple with freedom, power, order, equality, justice, and the relationship between the community and the individual both in the United States and in other countries around the globe. Students choose among a wide selection of courses in six sub-fields includinginternational relations, comparative politics, political theory, American politics, public law, and quantitative methods as well as courses in race and ethnicity, gender politics, and environmental policy.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

MAIR (Masters of Arts in International Relations) Graduate Scholarship

Funding will be used to assist graduate students in international relations so that they may their degree in two years. Also, gifts will assist graduate students by enabling them to attend and present their research at national conferences.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Chambers Lecture

The aim of this initiative is to provide a scholarly forum on government, political, international affairs, diplomacy and other topics. Funds will be used to invite renowned individuals at an annual symposium.

The Liberty Fund (Department Discretion)

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Psychology

Dr. Michael Haney Distinguished Lecture

This scholarship was established in memory of Michael Haney, Ph.D., this program brings a noteworthy psychologist to the university for an annual lecture series.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology is dedicated to working with students in examining relationships: between individuals and the justice system, between the economy and a particular city, or between school districts. Its remarkable breadth is evidenced in the range of courses we offer, in our optional areas of concentration, and in the research of our faculty.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies has a strong academic base that is combined with a great deal of practical, hands-on learning. The program is deeply committed to the practice of theatre within a liberal arts curriculum. Our mission is to help students develop a cross-cultural understanding of the world’s societies, both past and present.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to provide scholarships and research support to talented, declared students.

Faculty/Student Travel

Funding will be used to assist department faculty and declared students for the purpose of presenting their findings/research at national conferences.

Research

Funding will be used to promote and actively support faculty- student interaction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Production Costs

Funding will be used to supplement the costs of producing live theatre such as lighting equipment, costumes, staging, etc.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Graduate Theatre (Masters of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts)

The Department of Graduate Theatre, a joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts, nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre. The mission of the program is to provide students with the skills necessary to pursue successful acting careers.

Student Scholarship Endowment

All MFA students receive full-tuition scholarships from the University of San Diego. Endowing these scholarships enables the University to attract the most talented young performers from all over the country without regard to financial need. One of the best and most competitive acting programs in the country, the Graduate Theatre program has a two-percent acceptance rate, in part because of its ability to accept gifted students regardless of their ability to pay.

The London Experience

Second-year Graduate Theatre students travel to London for a ten-day intensive residency. Accompanied by a faculty member, students participate in acting workshops, theatre research, tours of Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal National Theatres, and daily theatergoing in the birthplace of English-speaking theatre. Supporting the London Experience enables the program to fund students’ housing, workshops, and theatre tickets.

Guest Artists

Each year, the Graduate Theatre program invites a distinguished theatre artist to work with our students. Guest Artists collaborate with students and faculty on a performance project or workshop, often in residence for several weeks, sharing their special expertise and professional perspective with our classical acting students. Past Guest Artists include: Richard Easton, Tony award-winning actor; Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival; and Patrick Page, Shakespeare scholar and Broadway actor, among others.

Professional Theatre Workshops

The Graduate Theatre program offers its students a variety of workshops specifically designed for aspiring theatre professionals. Workshops in Stage Combat, Scansion and Verse-speaking, the Business of Theatre, and Acting for Film and Television are conducted by experts in their specific areas. Supporting these workshops allows the program to expand its offerings and engage outstanding workshop facilitators from all over the United States and Canada.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Department of Theology and Religious Studies

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies allows students the opportunity to study religion and reflect upon the existence and nature of God, the human experience of God, and God's revelation in the world. In this department, the Roman Catholic tradition is pre-eminent within a curriculum that is both ecumenical and cross-cultural.

Dr. joseph A. colombo memorial award

In remembrance of Dr. Colombo, the College of Arts and Sciences is establishing the Dr. Joseph A. Colombo Memorial Award in Theology and Religious Studies. This monetary award will be given annually to a senior majoring in Theology and Religious Studies and pursuing graduate work in the field. For more information, click here.

Faculty/Student Collaborations

Funds will be used to support student-faculty research projects as well as student-faculty field trips and other off campus events related to academic courses.

Student Scholarships

Funding will be used to assist students who have declared a major in Theology and Religious Studies, in particular those who show promise and strong interest in pursuing graduate school.

Research and Conference Travel for Students

Contributions to this fund will be used to support Theology and Religious Studies majors, especially those intending to pursue graduate school, the opportunity to travel to conduct research and/or attend a professional conference.

Theta Alpha Kappa and Senior Prizes

Funds will be used to support Alpha Chi, the University of San Diego’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society that recognizes outstanding students in theological and religious studies. Students with the highest grade point average will be honored and recognized.

Faculty Research and Development

Funds will be used to support faculty research, projects and academic/research travel.

Department Discretion

Funding will be used to support the department’s greatest needs.

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Rose Pre-Medical Endowment

The Pre-Health & National Awards Office was developed in July 2006 with the goal of offering support and assistance to pre-health undergraduates. In addition to providing much needed academic guidance to current students, we also hope to develop a lasting relationship with those students and alumni pursuing careers in health related fields. In 2008 the program received an endowment from the Rose family to ensure its success. We continuously thank the Rose Family for their generosity and support.