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Tanner Dean's Scholars

Cornell University Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Cornell University

College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University

The Pauline and Irving Tanner Dean's Scholars

Each year the college's undergraduate admissions committees name a small group of outstanding applicants as The Pauline and Irving Tanner Dean's Scholars. These scholars demonstrate an enthusiasm for the life of the mind and possess outstanding high school records. The program is designed to honor students for their attributes and accomplishments and to attract them to the college. It guides these promising students in their acculturation to the academic and intellectual life of the college.

The Honor Confers Several Benefits

During the first two years, or until admitted to the major, each Dean's Scholar is advised by a college dean or a senior faculty member. Matriculating scholars will receive a $1,000 Tanner Dean's Scholarship during the freshman year. Later, scholars may apply for a grant (up to $3,000 for current students; up to $5,000 for students entering in Fall 2015) for summer research or some other worthy project undertaken between the junior and senior years. These summer grants are increased for scholars on financial aid in order to compensate for their expected summer's earnings toward their college expenses. The summer grants provide an opportunity to engage in a scholarly project of some depth. Many scholars choose to use this funding to begin work on a senior honors project.

The Pauline and Irving Tanner Dean's Scholar Program provides enhanced opportunities for students to explore and benefit from the richness of the Arts and Sciences curriculum.The program facilitates informal intellectual discourse outside classes and supports students who take charge of their own education—both through subsidies of their research projects and through a program of monthly events. These monthly events include salons featuring Cornell's eminent faculty; tours of special facilities at Cornell; workshops on various topics, such as getting involved in research or applying for prestigious fellowships; as well as concert and theater performances.

Contact Information

Clare McMillan
Assistant Dean