About the Dean's Fund

Funded by donations from generous alumni, parents, and friends of the University, the Dean's Fund for Student Life offers students in the College opportunities to advance their chosen academic and professional goals, as well as to organize undertakings that serve as an important source of innovation and learning for our campus culture. The fund exists to support and implement student ideas and development while also contributing to the academic and social life of the College. 

Please see below for a list of projects sponsored by the Dean's Fund this past year:

  • Annual Contribution to Uncommon Fund
  • Arts + Public Life Initiative & Students for Justice in Palestine’s DARKMATTER Production
  • Chamber Music Organization’s Winter Showcase
  • Chicago Health Solutions Challenge at Clinton Global Initiative University Conference 
  • Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism Invites Robert Kagan to Campus
  • Chicago Youth Philanthropy Group at Clinton Global Initiative University Conference 
  • Cinema and Media Studies BA Documentary Film Production
  • Clinton Global Initiative University Conference
  • Curbside Splendor Publishing Reading and Workshop
  • Davis Project for Peace in Senegal 
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Annual Phoenix 5K Fun Run For Ian Woo Cummings Memorial
  • Dirt Red Brass Band in New Orleans 
  • Documentary Film Production 
  • Eckhart Consulting’s Final Presentation to Client Pangea Network 
  • Eckhart Consulting’s Management Consulting Case Competition
  • Evaluation of Microfinance Program on Women’s Financial Empowerment in Uganda
  • Federal Reserve Challenge Competition
  • FEMMES Code Camp
  • French Club Invites Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to Campus
  • French Club’s Satire and the Sacred Event, in Response to Charlie Hedbo Attack
  • GlobeMed’s Delegation to ASPATPerú
  • History BA Research at King Center Archives
  • History BA Research at Sophia Smith Collection
  • History BA Research on Frank Lloyd Wright Archival Drawings at Columbia University
  • Improv Olympic Comedy Classes
  • Institute for Field Research's Program in Vitor, Perú
  • International Studies & Near Eastern Civilization Studies BA Research in Tehran, Iran
  • Logan Center for the Arts’ Initiatives and Arts Pass
  • Microsoft Build Conference
  • Multimedia Production of The Tempest 
  • Occupy Chicago Leader Interview Transcriptions
  • Opportunity Nation Entrepreneurship Conference
  • Orchestra Tour in Argentina
  • Organization of Black Students’ Annual Kent Lecture
  • Poetry from the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution
  • Political Science BA Research at the University of Neuchatel 
  • Political Science BA Research on Constructed Narratives and Representations of French Immigrant Communities in Paris
  • Public Policy BA Research on Designer Drugs
  • Public Policy BA Research on Health Care Disparities
  • Reading/Art Exhibition, Focusing on Immigration, Racial Privilege, and Sexuality
  • Research on Theophrastus Redivivus and Translation of Latin Text
  • Research Presentation at 34th International Cosmic Ray Convention
  • Research Presentation at Annual Bio-Medical Research Conference for Minority Students 
  • Research Presentation at Human Development Conference 
  • Research Presentation at International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks in Amsterdam
  • Research Presentation at Joint Mathematics Meeting
  • Research Presentation at Midwest Economic Association Conference
  • Research Presentation at Pacific University Undergraduate Conference 
  • Research Presentation at Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting 
  • Research Presentation at the American Society of Hematologists Meeting
  • Research Presentation at the Particle and Astroparticle Physics Spring Program
  • Research Presentation at Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SUNY Oneonta
  • Research Presentation at University of California - Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium 
  • Research Presentation at University of California – Santa Barbara Ethnobiology Conference
  • Short Film Production
  • Soul Umoja Performance at Carnegie Hall
  • Spring Quarter Workshop at Yerkes Observatory
  • Steering Committee for Undergraduate Research Leaders at Harvard University
  • Student Leadership Institute Capstone Projects
  • Student National Medical Association – Minority Association of Premedical Students Annual Medical Education Conference
  • TAPS BA Research
  • “Talk Show Portfolio” ImprovOlympic Class to Learn to Construct Jokes for Late Night Television
  • TEDx’s Delegate to TedActive Conference for Licensing
  • "The Botanist's Violet" Film Project
  • UChicago Moot Court Team’s Participation in the National Championship Tournament
  • Visual Arts BA Logan Exhibition

The Dirt Red Brass Band visited New Orleans to learn about traditional jazz styles. Above, they are pictured playing at the House of Blues.

FEMMES encourages female middle school students to get involved with STEM fields. Above middle school-ers participate in FEMMES's winter capstone event.

GlobeMed, an undergraduate community service RSO, traveled to Peru to gain concrete experience in global health by working with ASPATPerú, an organization that seeks to expand access to tuberculosis treatment.

Rachael Nass, AB'15, (above) investigated the demographics of designer drug users for her public policy BA thesis.

The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism brought to campus Robert Kagan, a leading foreign policy scholar.

Robert Kagan Talk and Q&A - Is the US Indispensable FULL VIDEO

Delta Kappa Episilon held their annual Phoenix 5k Fun Run last year. Proceeds from the event go to the Ian Woo Cummings Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Salina Wu, Class of 2017, traveled to Argentina to take part in a week-long orchestra tour with the New York Youth Symphony, a high caliber musical organization.