Letter from Dean Wendt - Summer 2022
As we move into the heart of summer and look ahead to a future of great promise and aspiration for our roughly 700 graduates in the Class of 2022, I reflect on many outstanding highlights and accomplishments of the past year.
Familiar events such as the annual Student Research Conference — our 20th — the Senior Awards Banquet and Spring Commencement Ceremony — occurring on a beautiful day at Alex G. Spanos Stadium — thrived in-person and were marked with a sense of joy, achievement and community.
I know the past two years have been challenging in many ways, and widespread efforts to pull through during challenging times have demonstrated our resilience, tenacity and resolve. The past few years have also demonstrated that we must remain committed to the personal well-being of one another and to advancing the work that creates a society of equity, justice and belonging for all.
Returning to campus, we recognized that remote instruction also made us better in delivering in-person education. I have been so impressed with the effort our faculty made to deliver high-quality courses during remote learning, and how they have developed innovative approaches to learning that have carried forward to their in-person classes. The commitment they have to continual improvement of student learning is inspirational.
The College of Science and Mathematics is increasingly becoming known as the nation’s premier institution for undergraduate research, thanks in large part to the Frost Fund. In fact, we welcomed more than 400 students and 80 faculty advisors to the Frost Summer Undergraduate Research Program this year. Additionally, the Frost Fund supports faculty efforts to seek external grants, leading to even more hands-on and innovative research opportunities throughout the college. Our students collaborate with faculty to solve important problems facing society. As a community of scholarship and discovery, we will Learn by Doing good and by doing well.
It is an honor to serve the faculty, staff and students in the College of Science and Mathematics, and I am proud of the community of learning and growth we have created. I wish you well in your summertime pursuits on a personal and professional level. I value being your dean during this important time of your lives — knowing that great opportunity is ahead of us all.
Dean Wendt, Dean
College of Science & Mathematics