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The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study creates a streamlined structure for moving our academic programs to the top tier of universities and to a position of global academic and research leadership.
The institute is designed to target and attract world-renowned scholars to the university each year to team with our exceptional faculty and students. By fostering collaborative relationships among Texas A&M faculty and students and these visiting scholars (called Hagler Fellows), the institute advances the university’s research productivity and provides students with life-changing educational experiences.
In its first eight years, the Hagler Institute has brought 70 fellows to Texas A&M University. The Hagler Fellows have included two Nobel Prize winners, a Wolf Prize winner, an awardee of the Hubbell Medal in Literature for Lifetime Achievement, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, one recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, a recipient of the lifetime achievement award in architecture, an Academy Award winner, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and a two-time recipient of the state prize of Russia.
Many Hagler Fellows are members of multiple national and international academies, having made outstanding contributions in several fields. They bring to Texas A&M their ideas, inspiration and evidence that great accomplishments result from long-term personal devotion and the love of profession. Their collaborations have significantly enhanced our doctoral students’ careers.
Nine fellows have joined the permanent faculty at Texas A&M. These scholars add a game-changing academic element to the university. Additional national academy-level scholars have also been recruited as a result of the hires of these former Hagler Fellows.
The ideal donor for the Hagler Institute will want to know exactly how his or her support will be used each year to maximize academic excellence at Texas A&M. For a limited time, matching funds are available for the following three endowed naming opportunities:
Director’s Chair ($4 million):
An endowed chair for the next director of the institute is essential for attracting and underwriting high-caliber leadership, in perpetuity. The director must be half-time with the institute and half-time with his or her professional college, and maintain scholarship at the frontiers of knowledge. The earnings from the director’s chair will provide support for the research activities of the director and his or her students.
Institute College Chair ($3 million):
Institute college chairs are unique in that they are filled solely by world-class Hagler Fellows who visit Texas A&M for up to one year to collaborate with faculty and students. Each chair is named after the donor and occupied by a new scholar annually. Donors of endowed chairs will be associated with their Texas A&M college of choice, as well as some of the world’s finest scholars. Chair endowment earnings provide a salary for Hagler Fellows as well as funds for the host college. An institute chair may also be established for the discretionary use of the institute.
Graduate Student Fellowships ($800,000):
The institute provides two $30,000 graduate student fellowships annually per Hagler Fellow. These are awarded to students who collaborate on research with a Hagler Fellow, providing each student with career-changing opportunities that can only come from working alongside the best scholars in their fields. Endowments for fellowships will increase the number of students who team with these outstanding scholars. Additionally, the donor will be associated with top Ph.D. graduates who will likely make significant contributions to mankind during their lifetimes.
For more information, contact:
John L. Junkins, Ph.D., NAE
Founding Director, The Hagler Institute
Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Foundation
Assistant Vice President for Special Projects